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OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

   

SAM ALLEN

 

Bison Track 1933-37; Inducted 1969

 

Sam Allen of Bristow, Oklahoma, became a national track star during his years at OBU. In 1934 he won the 120-yard high hurdles at the Kansas and Drake Relays, tying the meet record at both; placed fourth in the National Collegiate Meet (schools of all sizes) in Los Angeles; and finished third in the National AAU meet in Milwaukee. In 1935 Allen won the 120 high hurdles at the National Collegiate Meet in Los Angeles; the Texas Relays with a meet record 14.3; the Kansas Relays (14.5); and the Drake Relays, tying his meet record (14.4). In 1936 he won the high hurdles at the Fort Worth Recreational Meet and at the Texas and Kansas Relays, and he established a world-record time in the 60-yard high hurdles in the Millrose Games in New York City. Allen also won the 60 high hurdles at the San Francisco Meet and the 70 high hurdles at the Madison Square Garden AAU Meet in New York. Allen barely missed qualifying for the 1936 U.S. Olympic Team. In 1937 he established a world-record time of 5.7 seconds in the 45 indoor high hurdles at the Boston Gardens, and he won the 65 high hurdles at the National AAU Meet in New York. Allen was honored as a member of the Helms National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Drake Relays Hall of Fame. He coached the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens for five years and then served as a music evangelist. Allen is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

THEODORE E. ALLEN

 

Bison Football 1915-17; Bison Track 1915-17; Bison Basketball, 1915-17; inducted 1974

 

T.E. Allen was a fullback on the 1915 and 1916 OBU football teams, a forward on the 1916 and 1917 basketball teams, and a high jumper and weight man on the 1916 and 1917 track teams. According to a teammate who nominated him for the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame, the 6-4, 220-pound Allen played 60 minutes of every football game and could run and throw. He also scored 20 points in a 31-30 victory over the University of Tulsa in 1917. He left OBU in 1917 to join the Army during World War I. He later served as county superintendent of schools in Osage County for more than 30 years. Allen is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

DESTINI ANDERSON

 

Lady Bison Softball 1997-2001; Inducted 2009

 

Destini Anderson, of Minco, Oklahoma, played four years of OBU softball and her name is listed throughout the record book. As a hitter in the season records, she ranks tenth in runs scored (43), ninth in hits (64), second in doubles (15), eighth in homeruns (8), and sixth in bases on balls (28). In career hitting, she is third in most at bats (625), second in hits (213), second in runs (133), second in runs batted in (146), third in bases on balls (83), first in doubles (49), seventh in triples (8), fifth in homeruns (16), and seventh in career batting average (.341). In season pitching records, she is first in games pitched (42), first in innings pitched (229), second in wins (21), and first in strikeouts (210). In career pitching, she is tied for first in most games (110), third in most innings (581.1), third in most wins (53), and first in most strikeouts (473). She led her teams in wins and ERA in 1997 and 1998 and led her team in batting average in 1998 and 1999. She was an all region selection in 1999 and 2001, all section choice in 1997 and 1998, all conference pick in 1999 and 2001. Anderson was OBU's Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2001. She is head softball coach at East Central University and previously coached at Canyon (Texas) High School. (4-2-12)

                                                                                                            

ROBERT E. BANFIELD                           

 

Bison Baseball 1965-69; Bison Basketball 1965-67; Bison Basketball Coach 1978-85; Inducted 1996

 

A 1967 NAIA second-team All America second baseman for the Bison baseball team, Bob Banfield played four years, compiling a career batting average of .379 which is tied for fifteenth all time. His 1967 batting average of .428, which led his team, ranks thirteenth in season records. He also led the Bison in hitting in 1967 and in 1969 (.363). His 102 career bases on balls ranks fifth in the record book. He was a leader on the 1966 Bison team which won the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title and advanced to NAIA regional play. A Tulsa Central High School graduate, Banfield also played two years on the Bison basketball team, seeing significant action on the 1967 national runner-up team. After his graduation, Banfield earned a master's degree at Creighton University where he was a graduate assistant basketball coach. He served as head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach at Idaho Southern College from 1971-74 and as head basketball coach at Arizona Western College from 1974-78. Banfield returned to OBU as head men's basketball coach in 1978 and over the next seven seasons compiled a record of 124-102. His teams were 76-34 at home. He was 1984 Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as his Bison won the SAC championship. His 1982 team was NAIA District 9 runner-up. After OBU Banfield coached at Shawnee and Stroud High Schools and is now coaching at Sand Springs. (4-2-12)

   

DARRELL BARNETT

 

Bison Basketball 1992-94; Inducted 2006

 

A 6-foot guard from Austin, Texas, Darrell Barnett helped lead the Bison to two consecutive NAIA National Tournament Fab Four appearances—the 1993 team finished second and the 1994 squad finished third (tie). Barnett scored 1,270 career points; his career averages were 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 3.2 steals. He was first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference in 1993 and 1994 and a second-team NAIA All American in 1994 and an honorable mention pick in 1993. He holds OBU career records for highest assist average (3.4) and highest steals average (3.2) and the season record for most steals (124). He ranks second in most career steals (238), most assists in a season (345), and highest season assist average (9.3). Barnett, who played at Temple Junior College before coming to OBU, was selected for the 1993 NAIA All Tournament Team. Barnett lives in Austin. (4-2-12)

   

ROBERT E. BASS

 

Bison Basketball 1946-50; Bison Baseball 1947-50; Bison Basketball Coach 1952-67; Bison Baseball Coach 1952-66; Athletic Director 1955-67; Inducted 1971

 

Bob Bass from Tulsa Rogers High School won four letters in basketball and three in baseball at OBU. Captain of the Bison basketball squad for three seasons (1947-50), Bass helped lead his team to the 1949 Oklahoma AAU Tournament championship, the first state-wide title in OBU's basketball history. Bass was an All AAU Tournament selection. He was a member of the 1947-48 Bison baseball team which revived the sport on Bison Hill after a 20-year absence. After coaching and teaching at Cromwell High School from 1950-52, Bass returned to Bison Hill to coach basketball and baseball. In 15 seasons his basketball teams compiled a record of 275 wins and 146 losses, including a home court record of 139-35. His OBU teams won or shared six Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference championships; qualified for the NAIA District 9 playoffs 13 consecutive years; and won the district title six times (1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967), advancing to the NAIA National Tournament. His 1966 team won the NAIA championship and his 1965 and 1967 teams finished as national runners-up. He was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1967. Bass' OBU baseball teams won 192 games, losing 107. In 1967, Bass became head coach of the Denver Rockets in the new American Basketball Association. In 1969-71, he coached Texas Tech University, and then returned to professional basketball to coach the Floridians, Memphis Tams, and San Antonio Spurs. In 1976 he moved to the Spurs' front office and spent the remainder of his career as a vice president for basketball operations/general manager with the Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, and New Orleans Hornets. He retired in 2004. Bass, whose lifetime basketball coaching record was 668-499, was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1990 and 1997. In addition to the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame, Bass has been inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Bass lives in San Antonio. (4-2-12)

   

BRUTUS BEALL

 

Bison Track 1925-1929; Inducted 1976

 

Brutus (Pete) Beall of Cushing, Oklahoma, was a key member of OBU's very successful relay teams in the late 1920s. In 1926 he won the 100- and 220-yard dashes and was a member of the winning mile-relay team in the conference meet. In 1927 in the conference meet, Beall won the 100-, 220-, and 440-yard dashes, setting a state record in the 100. He was the anchor man on the 1927 880-yard relay team which won at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, and Kansas Relays, and finished second at Drake, and a member of the mile-relay team which won at the Texas, Oklahoma, and Drake Relays. In 1928, he won the 440 at the Oklahoma Relays and was a member of the undefeated 880-relay team which won at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Drake Relays. He set a record of 9.9 in the 100 yard dash in the 1928 conference meet and won the 220 and was on the winning mile-relay team. Co-captain of the 1929 track team, he was a member of winning relay teams in the 880 at the Texas (new record) and Southern Methodist University Relays and the mile at the Texas (new record), SMU, Kansas, and Drake Relays. Beall, now deceased, taught physics in high schools in Cushing and Tulsa. (4-2-12)

   

CHRISTIAN BODA

 

Bison Track 1988-90, 1991-92; Inducted 1999

 

Christian Boda was a middle distance runner from Mauritius who was a key member of OBU's 1990 national track championship team. He was an eight-time NAIA outdoor track All America and a five-time indoor track All America selection: 1989 outdoor in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4x100 relay and indoor in the 440-yard dash; 1990 outdoor in the 400 meters, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay and indoor in the 440- and 600-yard dashes; and 1992 outdoor in the 400 and 4x100 relay and indoor in the 600 and mile relay. At the 1990 Drake Relays, he was a member of the 4x400 team which finished second and the 1600 sprint medley team which finished fourth. At Drake in 1991, he was a member of the second-place 4x100 and 1600 sprint medley teams and at Drake in 1991, he was a member of the second-place 1600 sprint medley team and the third-place 4x400 team. Boda has been highly successful in track competition in his native country winning Mauritius national championships in the 100 meters in 1985-86, 1988, 1990-93; the 200 meters in 1986 and 1990-93; and the 400 meters in 1992. He lives in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and is a financial analyst. (4-2-12)

   

ALBERT E. BOOKOUT

 

Bison Football 1928-32; Bison Basketball 1928-32; Inducted 1990

 

From Keystone, Oklahoma, Albert Bookout was a four-year letterman in football and basketball. On the gridiron, he was a three-time first-team All Big 4 Conference selection at end (1929, 1930, and 1931). Bookout was a first-team end on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate (all state) squads of 1929, 1930, and 1931. Playing center on the basketball court, he averaged 7.4 points in 1930, 6.1 in 1931 (which led the team in scoring), and 4.1 in 1932—in an era when the team was scoring only 30 points a game. Bookout died in 1994. (4-2-12)

   

H. TOM BOWDEN

 

Bison Track 1961-65; Inducted 1988

 

Tom Bowden of Fulton, Kentucky, competed in the in the 880-yard run at the NAIA's national track meet three consecutive years, finishing second in 1963 and 1965 and seventh in 1964. In 1963 he was just one-tenth of a second behind his OBU teammate, Gary Wilson. In the 1965 race he again finished second in a photo finish. In the 1962 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference meet, Bowden won the mile run and the 880. In the 1963 league meet, he was a member of the victorious mile-relay team. In 1965, he won the conference 880. In 1963, he recorded a 1:51.5 in the 880, and in 1964 he was a member of the two-mile relay team which won at the Drake Relays with a time of 7:38.6. He also was a member of the 1964 distance medley relay team which finished fourth at Drake. Bowden, an NAIA Track All America selection in 1965, is a physical therapist in London, Kentucky. (4-2-12)

   

TRACY S. BOWERS-SIMON

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1979-83; Inducted 1989

 

A Shawnee High School basketball star, Tracy Bowers Simon, 5-10 center/forward, was OBU's first-ever female All America selection. After a strong freshman year when she averaged 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, she was picked for the third team of the Association of Women's Sports Foundation's All America squad. She averaged 16.3, 14.8, and 14.2 points and 10.8, 10.5, and 9.5 rebounds, respectively, in her final three seasons, respectively. Her career closed with 2,101 points, a 15.8 scoring average, and 10.1 rebound average. She was a career 51 percent field goal and 74.9 percent free throw shooter. In the record book, Simon's career rankings are third in total points; first in field goals made (880); first in field goals attempted (1,725); first in rebounds (1,345); and first in rebound average (10.1). Her season rankings include fourth in field goal attempts (521); first, second, third, and fourth in most rebounds (355, 351, 326, 313); and first and second in rebound average (10.8 and 10.5). In game highs, she pulled down 20 rebounds versus Southern Nazarene in 1980 which is tied for the second-highest number. She was a four-time first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference choice and was Newcomer of the Year in 1980 and Co-Most Valuable Player in 1981. She received NAIA honorable mention All America recognition in 1983. Simon's teams at OBU won 98, losing only 42 versus challenging competition. These teams won conference titles in 1980, 1982, and 1983 and finished second in the league in 1981. Simon lives in Norman. (4-2-12)

   

GROVER BRADLEY

 

Bison Track 1931-35; Bison Basketball 1932, 1934-35; Inducted 1979

 

Grover Bradley ran the 440 and 880 and was a member of mile-relay teams which won the Kansas Relays in 1934 and 1935. A native of Olustee, Oklahoma, he set a school record in the 880 with a time of 2:01.0 in 1933, and he ran on teams which won four consecutive Big 4 Conference track championships. He ran on the 880-relay team which finished second at the Kansas Relays in 1934; the mile-relay teams which finished third in 1934 and second in 1935 at the Drake Relays; and the mile-relay team which won at Kansas in 1935. After graduating from OBU, he set a state record in the 400-meter hurdles that stood until 1964. Bradley was basketball coach and high school principal at Burbank, Oklahoma; biology teacher and basketball coach at Nowata High School; and biology teacher and track coach at Del City High School. His basketball teams won state championships in 1940 and 1947. The "Grover Bradley Invitational Track Meet" at Del City was named for him. Bradley is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

BRANDY BRATTON-LUSK

 

Lady Bison Track 1998-2002; Inducted 2007

 

The first Lady Bison track athlete to be inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame, Bratton-Lusk of Tulsa helped launch the success women's track has enjoyed on Bison Hill in the 2000s. She was part of three national championship events, won 21 All America awards, and had accumulated 10 Lady Bison track records when she graduated. She was anchor of the outdoor national champion 4x800 relay team (2:11.34) in 2002. In 2002 she won the 800 indoor title (2:11.34) and the 800 outdoor title (2:12.87). She also was a member of an OBU 1600 sprint medley relay team which finished fifth at the Drake Relays in 1999 and second in 2000. Bratton-Lusk won All America awards as follows: four in cross country; ten in indoor track, and seven in outdoor track. She is an elementary teacher and lives in Broken Arrow. (4-2-12)

   

DAVID ALLEN BRAZEL

 

Bison Basketball 1925-29; Bison Football, 1925-29; Bison Baseball 1929; Inducted 1970

 

D.A. Brazel earned nine letters at OBU—four each in basketball and football and one in baseball. Brazel, who came to OBU from Ardmore, later moved to Springfield, Illinois. A guard on the basketball team, he was the team captain for the 1928-29 season. On the football field, Brazel played guard. He was a member of OBU football teams which did not lose a home game, going 13-0-3 in the 1925, 1926, 1927, and 1928 seasons. Brazel coached and taught in Oklahoma high schools from 1929-32, worked for Shell Oil from 1932-48, was an international representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers from 1948-69, and then served as a neutral arbitrator in union-management disputes from 1969-76. He died in 1989 in Big Springs, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

DUJUAN BROWN

 

Bison Basketball 2000-02; Inducted 2008

 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, DuJuan Brown came to OBU from Paris Junior College in Texas. He led the Bison to the quarterfinals of the 2001 NAIA National Basketball Tournament and to a second-place national tournament finish in 2002. In both years, Brown led the national tournament in scoring and was selected to the all national tournament team. He was a two-time first-team NAIA All America selection and Co-National Player of the Year in 2002. A first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference selection in 2001 and 2002, Brown was SAC Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and Player of the Year in 2002. He scored 909 points in 2001, averaging 26.7, and 986 points in 2002, averaging 25.9. His 1,895 career points and 26.3 career scoring average each rank second in the OBU record book. Brown holds two individual season records: field goals made (370) and field goals attempted (754). In other season records, he ranks second fourth in total points (986 and 909) and third and fifth in scoring average (26.7 and 25.9). In career records, Brown ranks second in highest scoring average (26.3); second in field goals made (728); and second in field goals attempted (1,416). He scored 40 or more points three times. Brown is a police officer in Detroit. (4-2-12)

   

PAT BROWN

Bison Track, 2001-2005; Inducted 2012

Pat Brown won the 55-meter hurdles at the 2004 NAIA National Indoor meet in a time of 7.37 seconds. In the 2005 NAIA Outdoor Nationals, he won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.05 seconds; the 400-meter hurdles in 49.51 seconds; and was a member of the 2005 national championship 4-by-400 relay team which recorded a time of 3:08.44. His three 2005 national outdoor championships, plus a fourth-place finish in the 4-by-100 Relay, earned him the honor of Outstanding Performer at the meet. During his OBU career, Brown received twenty-one NAIA All America awards—eight in indoor track and thirteen in outdoor track. He had fifteen finishes in the top three places. OBU's track teams during Brown's years placed third in the NAIA National Indoor meet in 2003-04-05 and fourth in the Outdoor meet in 2003 and 2005. At the 2002 Drake Relays, he was a member of OBU's third-place 4-by-200 relay team. In 2004, he placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at Drake and third in the 110-meter hurdles. In 2005, he was third in the 110-meter hurdles at Drake. At the 2004 Texas Relays, Brown placed third in both the 110 and 400 hurdles. In 2005 at Texas, he placed second in both the 110 and 400 hurdles. Brown's time of 49.51 in the 400-meter hurdles in the 2005 national Outdoor meet was an NAIA national record and remains as OBU's standard in that event. He also holds the school record time of 7.91 seconds in the indoor 60-meter hurdles. Brown is now a registered respiratory therapist at Integris Hospital in Oklahoma City. He lives in Midwest City with his wife, Annmarie; their son, Jazen; and their daughters, Nayani and Noreli. (11-3-12)

   

WALDO E. BUCHANAN

 

Bison Football 1926-30; Bison Track 1926-30; Inducted 1974

 

Buck Buchanan was a speedster on the football field and the track, earning eight letters in these sports. From Valliant, Oklahoma, he was All Big Four second-team halfback in 1929 and first-team halfback in 1930. He received honorable mention on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate team in 1930. Buchanan was a member of the undefeated 880-relay team in 1928 which won at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Drake Relays; the 1929 squad which captured the 880 and mile relays at Texas and Southern Methodist and the mile at Kansas and Drake; and the 1930 team which won the 880 at Drake, the 880 and mile at Kansas and SMU, and the mile at Texas. He was captain of the 1929 track team. After graduation, Buchanan coached track and football at the University of Tulsa and a number of Oklahoma high schools. He became superintendent of schools at Temple and served there until he retired in 1970. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches of Hall of Fame in 1974. Buchanan is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

HAROLD CAGLE

 

Bison Track 1934-38; Inducted 1969

 

Harold Cagle, who attended Maud and Shawnee schools, became a nationally-known track star at OBU and the school's only Olympic medalist during his years on Bison Hill. In his first OBU season, 1935, he was a member of the mile-relay team which won at the Kansas Relays and was second at Drake. In 1936 he was on relay teams which won the mile at Drake, the mile and sprint medley at Texas, and the 880 at Kansas—and finished second in the sprint medley relay at Drake. Also in 1936, Cagle ran the 440-yard dash in 46.5 (two seconds off the world record at that time) at a national intercollegiate meet in Chicago. He qualified for the U.S. 1600-meter relay team which finished second in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, earning him a silver medal. The U.S. team also toured Germany, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. In 1937 he was a member of OBU's mile relay team which finished second  and sprint medley relay team which finished fourth at Drake. In 1938 he ran on the OBU relay team which won the 880 and mile at the Texas Relays and the mile at Drake. Also in 1938, Cagle won the 440-dash at the Drake Relays in a meet-record 47.7 and at the Oklahoma AAU Meet in 47.2. He placed second in the 440 at the Compton Invitational in 47.5 and second in the 400 meters at the Princeton Invitational in 47.5. In 1939 he won the 440 at the Sugar Bowl Classic in 49.1; the 600 at the Boston Knights of Columbus Indoor Athletic Meet in a record time of 1:12.6; and the 400-meters at the Oklahoma AAU Meet in 47.9. After graduation, Cagle served in the Army during World War II. He then coached and taught at Marysville, California, until retirement. A member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, Cagle died in 1977. (4-2-12)

   

ERIC CARDENAS

 

Bison Basketball 1995-97; Inducted 2004

 

A native of Panama City, Panama, Eric Cardenas, 6-8 post player, led the Bison to the NAIA National Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 1996 and to a second-place finish in 1997. He led the 1997 national tournament in rebounding and was an All Tournament selection. Cardenas was a first-team NAIA and Basketball Times All America choice in 1997 and an NAIA honorable mention honoree in 1996. A Sooner Athletic Conference first-team pick in 1996 and 1997, Cardenas was the SAC's most valuable player in 1997. He led his team in scoring in 1996 with a 16.4 average and in 1997 with 18.5 points per game. He also led the team in rebounding in 1997 with 9.5 per contest. Cardenas scored 1,284 career points and has OBU career averages of 17.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. He ranks third in rebounds in a season (380); seventh in season field goals made (302); eighth in career field goal percentage (62.0 on 513 of 827 attempts). He lives in Panama City. (4-2-12)

   

REBECCA CARTER

 

Lady Bison Softball 1980-84; Inducted 1993

 

Rebecca (Becky) Carter of Oklahoma City was OBU's first NAIA All America selection in softball, receiving the honor in 1982. She had a career pitching record of 55-37 and a career batting average of .340. Her name frequents Lady Bison softball records, both as a pitcher and a hitter. In career pitching records, she ranks fourth in most games pitched, 98; second in most innings pitched, 599; second in most wins, 55; and fifth in strikeouts, 280. In career hitting, she ranks tenth in most hits, 162; fourth in most runs scored, 110; tenth in doubles, 27; first in triples, 13; and ninth in homeruns, 10. In season pitching records, she is fourth in games pitched, 36; fifth in innings pitched, 194; and fourth in wins, 20. In season offensive records, she is second in runs scored, 47; sixth in hits, 65; and tenth in runs batted in, 39. She led her teams in wins and ERA in 1982, 1983, and 1984, and she led her team in hitting in 1984. She ranks second in career fielding percentage, .974, and she pitched three no hitters and teamed up for a fourth. She owns the school's longest hitting streak, 22 games in 1981. She is an accounting manager with Finley & Cook PLLC in Shawnee. (4-2-12)

   

JAY P. CHANCE

 

Bison Track 1952-56; Bison Cross Country 1955; Inducted 1977

 

Jay Chance from Oklahoma City was three-time outstanding athlete in Oklahoma Collegiate Conference Track Meets. In 1953 he scored 16.5 points and won the 120 high hurdles (meet record time of 15.2) and 220-low hurdles and was a member of the winning mile-relay team. In 1954 he scored 14.5 points and won the 120 high hurdles (meet record time of 15.1), was on the victorious mile relay team, and placed second in the low hurdles and long jump. He placed fourth in the university/college division at the Drake Relays in the 440 high hurdles in 1954 and third in 1955. He scored 17.5 points in the 1955 conference championship by winning the long jump, the 120 high hurdles (meet record time of  14.5), and the 220 low hurdles (meet record time of 24.0), and running on the championship mile relay team. He was track team captain in 1955-56 and he placed first in the 120 high hurdles in the 1956 conference meet. In 1953 he finished second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in the NAIA national meet, and in 1954 he won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the Kansas Relays. Among his best times were 14.5 in the 120-yard high hurdles and 53.9 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1955. An injury late in the 1956 season ended his collegiate career. Dr. Chance lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He has served as president and chief operating officer of THE TRUST, a support foundation for the Baptist Health Systems of Mississippi; vice president for institutional advancement for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and vice president for development at California Baptist University. (4-2-12)

   

GARY CHILDS

 

Bison Basketball 1978-79, 1980-1982; Inducted 1995

 

A 6-5 center from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gary Childs tied two of Al Tucker's OBU game records: most points, 50, and most field goals made, 21. Childs achieved these totals in a 1982 game versus John Brown University in Clark Craig Fieldhouse. Childs scored 1,167 points in three seasons for an 11.8 career average. He averaged 5 points in 1979, 13 points in 1981, and 17 points in 1982. He averaged 6.7 career rebounds. Childs was first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference in 1981 and 1982 and was the league's MVP in 1982; All District 9 in 1981 and 1982; and honorable mention NAIA All America in 1982. The 1982 Bison were NAIA District 9 runner-up, finishing with a 24-11 record. Childs is sixth in OBU career field goal percentage, 63.0 (466 of 740) and first in season field goal percentage, 68.8 (232 of 337), in addition to the two game records he shares. Childs died in 2007. (4-2-12)

   

LOUIS C. CHISHOLM

 

Bison Football 1937-40; Bison Basketball 1937-39; Track 1937-40; Inducted 1983

 

Louis C. (Chick) Chisholm earned eight letters in three sports at OBU. An end in football, he played on the 1937, 1938, and 1939 teams which compiled a 21-9-1 record. The 1937 and 1938 teams finished second in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. Chisholm, from Haileyville, Oklahoma, was a second-team All OCAC selection in 1937 and 1938. He was a first-team end on the Associated Press' 1938 All Oklahoma Collegiate Team and was the captain of the 1939 Bison football team. He played two seasons of basketball, averaging 4.8 and 4.2, respectively, on teams which were scoring in the low 30s. In track Chisholm participated in field events and was named outstanding athlete at the 1939 conference meet after finishing first in pole vault, javelin, and long jump. In 1940 he finished first in the discus. After graduation, he taught and coached at several schools and then went to work for Rock Island Railroad. He became a labor official with the Switchmen's Union of North America. He lived in Ponca City until his death in 1987. (4-2-12)

     

BOBBY COX

 

Bison Baseball 1977-79; Bison Baseball Coach 1985-present; Inducted 1996

 

Bobby Cox of Dale, Oklahoma, was inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Cox had a good career as a player, leading his team in hitting in 1979 with a .389 batting average. He led the team in runs batted in (33 RBIs in 34 games) and earned all district honors. His long tenure as Bison baseball coach has made a very significant impact on OBU athletics. Through his first 27 seasons, his teams had never had a losing record. When inducted in the OBU Hall of Fame in 1996, his teams, after twelve seasons, had won 428 and lost 244, a winning percentage of .637. He had led teams to the NAIA World Series in 1989 (54-12) and 1996 (52-13)—the only trips OBU teams had earned to the championship event at that point. In 2011, after 15 additional seasons, Cox's Bison teams had compiled a record of 1,018 wins and 523 losses—a .661 winning percentage. His 2011 team qualified for the NAIA playoffs; won the Joliet, Illinois, bracket; advanced to the World Series; and finished the season with a record of 46-14. All of OBU's current baseball team records have been set during Cox's years as OBU coach. Cox was named Sooner Athletic Conference and Rawlings NAIA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year for 2011. He also received coach of the year honors from the SAC in 1986 and 1996; NAIA District 9 in 1986, 1989, and 1991; NAIA Area 3 in 1989; and NAIA Great Plains Region in 1996. The recipient of OBU's Meritorious Service Award in 2011, Cox is the only coach in OBU history to reach the 1,000-win plateau. (4-2-12)

   

CLARK CRAIG

 

Bison Football 1920-21; Bison Basketball 1920-21; Benefactor; Inducted 1970

 

Shawnee's Clark Craig played football and basketball at OBU one season, 1920-21. On the football team, he was a second-team Daily Oklahoman All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection at end and he received honorable mention for the Tulsa World's All OIC team. In basketball he scored 6.3 points a game out of the team's average of 19.9. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he played for Coach John Heisman, the man for whom the famous trophy is named. After graduating from Penn, Craig played professional football for the Frankford (Pennsylvania) Yellowjackets in the early days of the National Football League. Craig returned to Shawnee where he became a prominent businessman, including serving as president of Federal National Bank. He was a strong backer of OBU and was involved in the effort to raise funds for several campus facilities. In 1948 he was a leader in raising the money to move to OBU a recreation building from Camp Maxey, Texas. This building was reassembled, the outside brick veneered, and the interior finished as a gymnasium. Bison Fieldhouse became the home of OBU basketball from 1948-1982. In 1956, the gym was renamed the Clark Craig Fieldhouse. Craig died in 1977. (4-2-12)

   

JAY DALTON

 

Bison Tennis, 1956-60; Inducted 1984

 

As OBU's No. 1 singles player for four years, Dalton, of Shawnee, was the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference champion in 1959 and 1960 and runner-up in 1957 and 1958. The Bison won the OCAC team title all four years. He and teammate James (Sonny) Straw, captured conference doubles titles in 1958, 1959, and 1960. In 1960, the Bison tennis team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, finishing tied for third place—the highest national finish for an OBU tennis team. Dalton earned a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa School of Law and entered private practice. In 1969-70, he coached the TU tennis team, leading them to the Missouri Valley title in 1970. He was elected the first president of the Tulsa Junior Tennis Association. In 1971 he became an Oklahoma District Court judge for the Tulsa District. Dalton died in 2002. (4-2-12)

   

R. ALLEN EAKER

 

Bison Basketball, 1964-68; Bison Baseball, 1964-68; Inducted 1980

 

In Allen Eaker's four years as a basketball letterman, the Bison were 91-34. He played in 14 NAIA National Tournament games, a total second only to Al Tucker's 15. Eaker was a member of the 1966 national championship team and 1965 and 1967 national runners-up. A 5-11 guard from Oklahoma City Northwest Classen, he scored 1,024 career points for an 8.6 career average. As a starter in 1967, he averaged 8.9 points and was a second-team all conference selection and an honorable mention NAIA All American. In 1968, he averaged 17.1 points and shot 85 percent from the free throw line, earning first-team all conference recognition. Eaker was the starting left fielder for four baseball teams which won 68 and lost 33 and which won or tied for three Oklahoma Collegiate Conference East Half titles (1965-66-67) and won the league title and advanced to regional play in 1966. Eaker, who hit .352 for his career, led the team in hitting in 1966 with a .398 batting average. He was a three-time all conference selection. After graduating from OBU, he earned an MBA degree at Texas Tech University where he served as freshman basketball coach. Eaker spent most of his career as a representative with Edward Jones. He is now retired, living in Arizona. He also is a recipient of OBU's Alumni Achievement Award. (4-2-12)

   

RUSSELL B. ELLIS

 

Bison Basketball 1962-64; Bison Baseball 1962-65; Inducted 1981

 

A 5-11 guard from Shawnee, Russell Ellis earned third-team NAIA All America honors in 1963 after he helped lead the Bison to conference and district championships and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. He scored 920 career points, averaging 17.0 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. In 1962-63 he averaged 15.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, earning first-team all conference recognition and the most valuable player trophy at the Top of the Nation Tournament in Colorado. In 1963-64 he averaged 18.4 points and 9.0 rebounds and was a second-team all conference pick. On the baseball diamond, Ellis was an all conference selection in 1963, 1964, and 1965. He batted .361, .430, and .266 in his three seasons for a career average of .353. His .430 average in 1964 is the twelfth highest in Bison history. Ellis lives in Shawnee. (4-2-12)

   

MARK ELLISTON

 

Bison Track 1982-86; Inducted 2000

 

Mark Elliston from McLoud was OBU's first national champion in the decathlon, winning the title at the 1986 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 7023 points. In addition to the All America recognition in outdoor track, he is a two-time indoor track All American, earning this in the high jump in 1983 and 1986. He holds OBU's record in the high jump, 7-0.5. Elliston is head coach of the women's indoor and outdoor track and field program at Elon University in North Carolina. He previously served for 17 years as the head track and field coach for both men's and women's programs at Lock Haven University. (4-2-12)

   

PAM PARNELL FINK

 

Lady Bison Softball 1984-88; Lady Bison Softball Coach 1993-present; Inducted 2000

 

Pam Parnell Fink, a shortstop from Aurora, Colorado, holds the school season record for batting average, .472 (1988), and was the second Lady Bison to earn NAIA All America honors. Returning to OBU in the fall of 1993, she has coached the softball team to 467 wins through the 2011 season. As a player, first in career assists; fifth in career batting average, .347; tenth (tie) in career doubles, 27; and fifteenth in career hits, 152. She led her teams in batting average and was an All NAIA District 9 selection in 1985, 1986, and 1988. She received All America honors in 1988. As a coach, her record at OBU is 467-449. Her teams reached the NAIA National Tournament in 2002 and 2003. The 2002 team finished in the final four and won a school-record 43 games. Fink was named Sooner Athletic Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2011. Before returning to OBU, she coached softball and basketball at Sumter County High School in Americus, Georgia, starting the school's softball program and earning coach of the year honors. (4-2-12)

   

DARRIN FOWLER

 

Bison Baseball 1988-92; Inducted 2003

 

During his four-years as an OBU pitcher, Darrin Fowler of Asher, Oklahoma, won 35 games and lost 13, tying him for the most career pitching victories in OBU history. Fowler led the Bison in wins in 1990 and 1992 and in earned run average in 1992. He was a first-team NAIA All America selection in 1992. He ranks third in most career innings pitched, 333.2, and second in most career strikeouts, 313. In season records, Fowler is tied for sixth in most victories, 10 in 1991 and 10 in 1992; tied for fifth in best season winning percentage, .909 (10-1); and ranks ninth in season ERA, 1.67. He was an NAIA All District 9 selection in 1991 and 1992. He lives in Asher and works for the Shawnee Fire Department. (4-2-12)

   

RAYMOND FOX

 

Bison Football 1924-27 and 1931; Inducted 1972

 

Raymond Fox from Pryor, Oklahoma, was a versatile back and an outstanding punter and place kicker for the Bison. He played the 1924, 1925, and 1926 seasons, when the Bison were 20-3-3 overall and 10-0-1 at home. He returned to OBU to play the 1931 season. Fox was a halfback and then moved to quarterback where he was a second-team All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection in 1925 and a first-team pick in 1926. He also was a first-team quarterback on the Tulsa World's 1926 All Oklahoma Collegiate Team. Known for his tight spirals when punting, he also was an important asset as a place kicker in an era when PAT kicking was not highly successful. In 1925 Fox kicked two field goals as the Bison defeated the University of Arkansas on the road 6-0. Fox died in 1993. (4-2-12)

   

KENA FREEMAN-MARTIN

 

Lady Bison Softball, 1999-2003; Inducted 2011

 

A four-year starting softball pitcher, Kena Freeman Martin, from Tuttle, Oklahoma, was a four-time All Conference, three-time All Region, and two-time NAIA All America selection. She led the Lady Bison to back-to-back NAIA Softball World Series appearances in 2002 and 2003. Freeman-Martin pitched a nine-inning no-hitter against East Central University in 2000 and a perfect game against Briar Cliff, Iowa, in 2002. She holds OBU records for career wins (59), career innings pitched (655.2), wins in a season (22), and season earned run average (0.34) and is tied for most games pitched in a career (110). She ranks seventh in games pitched in a season (33); inning pitched in a season (203); and second in strikeouts in a season (146). She led her teams in wins and ERA three seasons (2000-2002). After graduation Martin taught and coached, including serving as OBU assistant softball coach in 2010. She is now assistant programmer and accounts manager at Panfork Baptist Camp in Wellington, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

ALVIN GARTEN

 

Bison Football 1924-28; Inducted 1973

 

Al Garten played end on Bison football teams which did not lose a home game during his years at OBU, compiling a home record of 15-0-1 and an overall record of 28-6-3. The OBU yearbook described him as a "real utility man, able to play any position in the line from center to end." The 1928 yearbook said that he was one of the "most dependable and consistently hard-playing football men—a man that any team in the state would have been glad to own." Garten, from Coldwater, Kansas, was president of the student council while at OBU. After graduation, he taught and coached in Oklahoma and New Mexico high schools before joining the staff of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He coached football, track, and basketball for 14 years and then coached only basketball for another 12 years. He served as athletic director from 1947-60. His ENMU basketball teams qualified for the NAIA national tournament five times. He served as president of the NAIA and he was inducted into the NAIA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Garten retired in 1967 and died in 1981. (4-2-12)

   

PATRICIA GRANT

 

Lady Bison Golf 1938-42; Inducted 1974

 

Pat Grant, Cushing, Oklahoma, won the Oklahoma women's amateur golf championship in each of her four years on Bison Hill (1939-42). Grant brought significant recognition to the school through her tournament and match play, and she was a student assistant in the OBU women's physical education program and coached and played on the women's golf team. She graduated from OBU in 1942, early in World War II, and enlisted in the Women's Army Corps. She was a career officer, rising from the rank of private to lieutenant colonel. While in the Army, she returned to Oklahoma to win the state women's amateur title again in 1946—giving her a string of five consecutive championships because no tournaments were held from 1943-45—and also in 1949. She played in the National Open, the National Amateur, and the Title Holder's Golf Tournament many times. She won the women's division of the Third Army Golf Tournament several times. She won the Second Army's women's division; the European Army championship; and the Fourth Army title. She retired from the Army in 1965, earned a law degree, and practiced law until retiring in 1995. Grant was the first woman inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she was inducted into the Women's Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame. She lives in Cortez, Colorado. (4-2-12)

   

GENE HACKER

 

Bison Baseball 1961-65; Bison Basketball 1962-65; Track 1963; Inducted 1978

 

From Anadarko, Oklahoma, Gene Hacker was point guard on the OBU basketball team, shortstop on the baseball squad, and a sprinter on the track team, earning a total of seven letters. Hacker was OBU's first NAIA All America selection, making the second team in 1964 and first team in 1965. He hit .357 in 1963, .478 in 1964, and .333 in 1965. His career batting average of .392 ranks ninth in the record book and his 58 career stolen bases ranks fourth. His .478 batting average in 1964 ranks fourth highest among season batting averages. On the basketball court, Hacker had a career scoring average of 6.6, playing on two teams (1963 and 1965) which won conference titles, won district championships, and reached the national tournament. He was captain of the 1964-65 squad which finished second in the national tournament. He also ran the 100-yard dash for the track squad and was OBU's Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1965. Most of his working career has been devoted to the oil and gas business. He lives in Edmond. (4-2-12)

   

JAMES R. HAGAN

 

Bison Basketball 1962-66; Inducted 2000

 

A starting forward on the 1965 national runner-up and 1966 national championship teams, Jim Hagan, Neosho, Missouri, was a four-year letterman who played on squads which won 81 games while losing 31. A freshman on the 1963 team which also reached the national tournament, Hagan played in 11 national tourney games in three seasons. He was a member of three conference championship and district championship teams. Hagan, who scored 675 career points, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, was noted for his defensive play and his ability to set tough screens on the offensive end of the floor. Hagan lives in Springfield, Missouri, and is retired after a career of coaching and teaching. (4-2-12)

   

CLEMENT HANNUM

 

Bison Football 1923-27; Bison Basketball 1923-27; Bison Track 1923-27; Inducted 1972

 

Clement Hannum came from Wakita, Oklahoma, to win twelve letters in three sports. In 1926 Hannum, a halfback, was selected for second-team All Oklahoma Collegiate Conference honors and for first-team recognition on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate team. He played on Bison football teams which were 26-9-2 overall and 14-2-1 on the home field. A forward on the basketball team, he averaged 4.7, 2.7, 6.7, and 8.0, respectively, in his career. (The team averaged less than 30 points a game.) He was team captain and leading scorer in 1926-27. In track Hannum ran the high and low hurdles and was a member of relay teams. He was a member of the 1927 relay team which won the 880 at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, and Kansas Relays and finished second at Drake. That sprint team also won the mile at the Texas, Oklahoma, and Drake Relays. He was named the Daily Oklahoman's "Best All Around Athlete in the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference" for 1925-26. After graduation, he was an assistant sports editor, a principal and coach, and a school superintendent before moving into sales, working with oil and tire companies until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1993. (4-2-12)

     

CHESTER H. HARRIS

 

Bison Football 1926-30; Bison Basketball 1926-30; Bison Track 1927-30; Inducted 1976

 

Chester H. (Shug) Harris was a versatile athlete from McAlester, Oklahoma. He played center on the football team, earning recognition on the All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference second-team in 1927 and first team in 1928. He was a member of the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate third team in 1927 and was a first-team All Big Four Conference pick in 1929. As a guard in basketball, he averaged 2.4, 6.1, 6.3, and 4.1, respectively, for his four years—during a very low-scoring era. He was captain of the basketball team in 1927-28 and captain of the football team in 1929. With the track team, his specialty was the javelin. After graduating from OBU, he worked as a lubricant engineer for Phillips Petroleum and other companies. In the 1970s and 1980s, Harris was a key figure in honoring his former coach, Victor C. Hurt, at OBU through the Victor C. Hurt Heritage Center and the Victor C. and Wincel Hurt Scholarship in track. He died in 1993. (4-2-12)

   

LAWRENCE C. HARRIS

 

Bison Football 1937-41; Inducted 1987

 

Lawrence C. (Larry) Harris from Guthrie, Oklahoma, was a quarterback, running back, and punter on the Bison football teams of 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940. These teams won 29, lost 11, and tied 2; they were 18-4-1 at home. They won the conference in 1940 and finished second in 1937 and 1938. He played for Coach Eddie Hurt Jr. the first two years and for Coach W.W. Nicklaus the last two years. Harris was president of the B Club at OBU. After graduation, Harris served in the Air Force during World War II and then moved to New Mexico. He began working in the oil and gas industry in 1952. He helped develop the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico, a trade organization for independent operators. In recent years Harris has provide significant support for OBU to partially fund and complete the new Eddie Hurt Jr. Memorial Track Complex, named in memory of Harris' former coach. He also has provided seed funds for OBU's re-starting of football. He lives in Roswell, New Mexico. (4-2-12)

   

LAURANCE E. HELDENBRAND

 

Bison Football 1927-31; Inducted 1981

 

Laurence E. (Hildie) Heldenbrand from Ponca City was a guard on the OBU football for four seasons, during which the Bison posted a record of 20-11-4. The 1927 team tied for the collegiate state championship. In 1928 Heldenbrand was selected first team on the Daily Oklahoman's Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference all star squad and second-team on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate Team. In 1929 he received honorable mention on the Big Four Conference team. In 1930 Heldenbrand was team captain and was second-team All Big 4 and honorable mention Tulsa World All Oklahoma team. Heldenbrand owned Silver King Products Company, Oklahoma City, and received OBU's Alumni Achievement Award in 1978. He died in 2004. (4-2-12)

   

WILLIAM DAVID HOCKING

 

Bison Baseball 1985-89; Inducted 1995

 

David Hocking, a left-handed pitcher from Del City, Oklahoma, was first-team All America and NAIA Player of the Year in 1989 as he compiled a 14-0 record and helped lead the Bison to a record of 54-12 and a fourth-place finish in the NAIA World Series. During his four seasons at OBU, he won 35 games, which is tied for first in the record book. In other career records, he ranks seventh in games pitched (55); second in innings pitched (341); and first in strikeouts (325). In season records, he is first in wins (14); tied for first in winning percentage (1.000); third in innings pitched (114); and second in strikeouts (110). He led his team in wins in 1989 and in earned run average in 1986 and 1987. Hocking was an All District 9 selection in 1987 and 1989. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. (4-2-12)

   

J. ROBERT (BOB) HOFFMAN

 

Bison Basketball  1975-79; Bison Basketball Coach, 1990-99; Inducted 2001

 

Bob Hoffman, a four-year OBU basketball letterman, returned to coach the Bison for nine years. As a player, he scored 1,017 career points for an 8.3 career scoring average. After graduation, he coached in high school and then served as assistant coach for the Bison from 1985-87. He coached women's basketball at Southern Nazarene University, leading them to an NAIA national championship in 1989. He was the Bison head coach from 1990-1999 and his teams won 243 and lost 78 (75.7 percent). Six of his teams reached the NAIA National Tournament; three teams won 30 or more games and four others won 20 or more. Hoffman's teams finished second in the national tournament in 1993 and 1997 and third in 1994. The 1996 team reached the Sweet Sixteen and the 1999 squad finished in the Elite Eight. He was SAC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996, and 1997; NAIA District 9 Coach of the Year in 1993; and The Basketball Times' 1993 NAIA Coach of the Year. Hoffman left OBU to coach at the University of Texas-Pan American, an NCAA Division I program. He was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, and he coached in the NBA developmental league. Hoffman is currently coach of the Mercer University Bears in Macon, Georgia. (4-2-12)

   

EUGENE (PETE) HOLT

 

Bison Football 1926-30; Inducted 1982

 

Pete Holt started every OBU football game during his four-year career except the first one of his first year. During that time period OBU was 22-7-5 overall and 11-1-3 on the home field. Holt was selected as third-team fullback on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate Team in 1927. From 1930-41, he coached and taught at Broken Bow High School where his football teams won 116 games, eight conference titles, and two state co-championships. During World War II he served as a captain in the Army Air Corps. After the war he was an engineer with Baroid Corporation in the energy industry. He died in 1981. (4-2-12)

   

EDDIE HURT JR.

 

Bison Track 1925-29; Bison Football 1925-29; Bison Wrestling 1927; Inducted 1972

 

Eddie Hurt Jr. from Carmen, Oklahoma participated in track, football, and wrestling as a student and then returned to Bison Hill to coach track, football, and basketball and to serve as athletic director and chairman of the physical education program. A sprinter, Hurt was a member of the 1927 relay team which won the 880 at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, and Kansas Relays and finished second at Drake. He also was a member of the mile relay team which won at Texas, Oklahoma, and Drake in 1927. A long jumper (broad jumper at that time), he set a state record of 22-10. He was a halfback on football teams which never lost a home game (13-0-3) and compiled an overall record of 25-5-5. He wrestled for OBU in 1927. Eddie Hurt's coach at OBU was Victor C. Hurt, who was not related. When Victor Hurt left OBU in 1935, Eddie Hurt returned to coach. His football teams compiled a record of 19-17-4, improving from 2-6-1 to 7-3. His 1937 and 1938 teams were Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference runners-up. Hurt coached basketball from 1937-44 and 1945-47, winning 45 and losing 119. He coached track from 1935-36 through 1954-55. His 1936 track team included Olympian Harold Cagle, nationally-known hurdler Sam Allen, and a very strong relay team. Beginning in the spring of 1939, OBU began its domination of OCAC track, winning conference championships 14 consecutive years under Hurt's guidance from 1939-42 and from 1946-55. (There were no league championship meets from 1943-45 because of World War II.) OBU won titles in 1956 and 1957 after Hurt left, extending the wining streak to 16. In addition to league dominance, Hurt's teams competed well in the major relays, particularly in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Hurt moved from OBU to the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention as associate secretary in charge of the Royal Ambassador program. He retired in 1972 and returned to OBU were he worked in the OBU Development Office and was administrative director of the Bison Athletic Association. He died in 1996. (4-2-12)

   

VICTOR C. HURT

 

Bison Football, Basketball, Track Coach, and Athletic Director 1923-29, 1931-35; Inducted 1969

 

Known as "the gentleman coach," Victor C. Hurt was coach of all sports and athletic director at OBU from 1923-30 and 1931-35. (He left OBU for one year to serve as president of a Shawnee bank.) His football teams were 63-29-7 in 11 seasons, including a record of 36-10-3 on the home field. He coached numerous all conference and "All Oklahoma Collegiate" players. In basketball his teams record 81 wins against 86 losses. His track teams were dominant, tying for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championship in 1925; winning the OIC title outright from 1926-1929; and capturing Big Four Conference titles from 1932-1935. In addition, his relay teams of 1927, 1928, and 1929 won numerous titles at the Texas, Kansas, Drake, Oklahoma, Rice, and Southern Methodist University Relays. He recruited and coached such outstanding track stars as Riley Williamson, Sam Allen, and Harold Cagle. From Kansas, Hurt was a graduate of the College of Emporia where he participated in track, football, and basketball. He coached in high school at Coldwater and Topeka, Kansas, before coming to OBU. He left OBU in 1935 to become track coach and first assistant football coach at SMU. He was head football coach at the University of Tulsa from 1936-38, winning or sharing three Missouri Valley Conference titles. He then was line coach and first assistant coach at the University of Kansas from 1939-42. A member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, Hurt became president in 1944 of the Southwestern Art Association in Tulsa—the organization which owns and operates Philbrook Museum. He retired in 1971. He is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

JAMAAL JACKSON

 

Bison Track 1997-2001; Inducted 2006

 

With eight national championships and 22 NAIA track All America awards, Jamaal Jackson of Cushing is one of OBU's most highly-honored athletes. A sprinter, Jackson won three indoor track championships, capturing the 400 meters in 1999 in a time of 48.06 and being a part of championship 1600-meter relay teams in 1998 (3:15.36) and 2000 (3:17.02). He won five outdoor championships: the 200 meter dash in 1998 (21.45); the 400-meter hurdles in 2000 (50.44) and in 2001 (50.26); and as a member of the winning 400-meter relay team in 1999 (40.63) and the winning 1600-meter relay team in 2000 (3:12.01). He was the recipient of 11 indoor and 11 outdoor All America awards. Brown finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays in the university/college division in 50.77 in 2001. He was a member of the 4x400 relay team in 1999 which finished first at the Drake Relays and a member of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams which each finished third at Drake in 2000. Jackson lives in Norman. (4-2-12)

   

WARDELL JEFFRIES JR.

 

Bison Basketball 1971-73; Bison Track 1971-72; Inducted 1986

 

Wardell Jeffries, 6-4 guard from Tulsa, was an honorable mention NAIA All America selection in 1973 when he also was a first-team NAIA All District 9 pick. That season he helped lead OBU to the district championship and to the Elite Eight in the NAIA National Tournament where he was an all tournament second-team selection. A transfer from Oral Roberts University, Jeffries had 970 career points in two seasons for a 16.4 average. In 1971-72 he averaged 18.0 and in 1972-73, 15.0. Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA, Jeffries coached the Athletes in Action team in the 1980s. Jeffries lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (4-2-12)

   

WANEY W. JENKINS

 

Bison Football 1929-33; Track 1929-32; Inducted 1982

 

A four-year football letterman, Waney W. (Red) Jenkins of Okemah, Oklahoma, was an All Big Four Conference first-team tackle and was selected by the Tulsa World and the Daily Oklahoman for the first team of their All Oklahoma Collegiate teams. Jenkins was also captain of the 1932 Bison football squad. In an article in the Tulsa World, the coach of one of OBU's opponents commented on Jenkins: "He's the best in Oklahoma this season [1932]. A senior playing his fourth season, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing close to 190 pounds and a fine team leader." Jenkins lettered three years in track, throwing the javelin and the shot. After graduation from OBU, Jenkins worked in the oil business with Oklahoma Seismograph Company, Oklahoma Cable Company, and Oklahoma Dynamite Company. He then worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation from 1958 until retirement in 1971. He died in 1990. (4-2-12)

   

MIRRIAM KAUMBA-SIAMUSIYE

 

Lady Bison Track 2004-06; Cross Country 2004-06; Inducted 2011

 

A native of Zambia, Mirriam Kaumba Siamusiye was an 11-time NAIA All America selection in track and two-time selection in cross county. She was a seven-time national champion: NAIA national cross country championship in 2004, the only Lady Bison to ever win that title; 5,000 meters in the NAIA national outdoor meet in 2004 and in the indoor meet in 2005; 3,000 meters at the 2006 national indoor meet; and 10,000 meters in the 2004 and 2005 at the national outdoor meets. She also won the 10,000-meter run (35:29.82) at the Drake Relays in 2004 in the university-college division and finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the Texas Relays in 2004 (16:42.79). She set NAIA records in the 5,000 meters indoor (16:20.97) and outdoor (16:44.1) and she holds schools records in the indoor mile (4:44.89), indoor 3,000 (9:15.43), indoor distance medley relay (11:51.43), outdoor 1,500 (4:34.40), and outdoor 10,000 (34:38.38). Kaumba-Siamusiye lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (4-2-12)

   

BOB KECK

 

Bison Track 1948-52; Inducted 1978

 

Bob Keck came to OBU in 1948 from Dundee High School in Carter County, Oklahoma. He became a stellar track performer for Coach Eddie Hurt. As a freshman, he won the 220-yard low hurdles and was a member of the winning mile relay team in the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference Meet and a member of the mile-relay team which finished fourth at the Drake Relays. In 1950 he tied for the outstanding athlete award in the conference meet with 10 points, winning the 440-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles. Also in 1950, he was a member of OBU's mile relay team which placed first at the Texas Relays and the Fort Worth Recreational Meet and second at the Drake Relays. He won the 440-yard dash at the Fort Worth meet. In 1951 Keck repeated as the outstanding athlete at the conference meet. He scored 14.5 points and he won the 100-yard dash and the 220 low hurdles, and he was a member of the victorious mile relay team. Also that spring, he placed second in the 220 low hurdles at the NAIB (forerunner of NAIA) national championships. In 1952 Keck won the 100-yard dash and the 220 low hurdles and was a member of the championship mile-relay team at the conference meet. He won the 440 at the Fort Worth Recreational Meet and was a member of the mile-relay team which won at the Kansas Relays. His 1952 relay team also finished second at the Drake Relays (in new OBU record time, 3.15.9). At the NAIA national meet, he placed second in the 440 and fourth in the 220 low hurdles. His best times at OBU were a wind-aided 9.5 in the 100 yard-dash in 1951; a 20.9 wind-aided 220-yard dash on a straight away; a 48.3 440-yard dash; and a 24.0 220-yard low hurdles. After graduation, Keck was a teacher and coach; executive director of the Texas Parent Teacher Association; and an administrator with the Texas Teacher Retirement System. He also served as a bi-vocational pastor for 50 years. He is retired and lives on a ranch near Ardmore. (4-2-12)

   

ELMO L. KELLY

 

Bison Football 1939-41; Inducted 1996

 

Elmo L. Kelly, an end from Tipton, Oklahoma, was a key member of the 1939 and 1940 OBU football teams which won 16, lost 4, and tied 1. The 1940 team won the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 6-0-1 mark. Kelly was a second-team selection on the All OCAC Team and a first-team choice for the Associated Press' All Oklahoma Collegiate Team. When OBU dropped football after the 1940 season, Kelly transferred to Wichita State where he played for the Shockers. In 1944 he played professional football for George Halas and the Chicago Bears. Kelly lived in Shawnee and worked as a geologist until his death in 1996. (4-2-12)

   

IRVIN A. KIFFIN JR.

 

Bison Basketball 1972-75; Inducted 1987

 

A 6-8 center from Springfield Gardens, New York, Irvin Kiffin joined the Bison for the second semester of the 1972-73 season. At that point the Bison had a record of 3-7, but with Kiffin in the lineup, OBU won 17 of the next 21, captured the NAIA District 9 championship, and reached the Elite Eight in the NAIA National Tournament. Kiffin averaged 18.5 points that season; 19.4 points in 1973-74 when OBU was district runner-up; and 17.0 in 1974-75. He scored 1,458 points in two and one-half seasons, good for eighth place in career scoring. He ranks third in career field goals made and field goals attempted with 631 and 1,373, respectively. He has the second-most career rebounds, 828, and the second-highest career rebound average, 10.4. Kiffin also has the fifth-highest season rebound average, 12.6. A career 77.5 percent free throw shooter, Kiffin led the team in scoring for all three of his years. He made second-team all conference in 1973 and first-team in 1974 and was an All District 9 first-team selection in 1973, 1974, and 1975. He received honorable mention NAIA All America recognition in 1973. After graduating from OBU, Kiffin played with the Athletes in Action from 1975-79, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder at that time. In 1979 he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers but before playing was traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he played in 26 games. From 1980-83 he played professionally in Italy and France. Kiffin lives in Florida and is director of parks and leisure services in Fort Lauderdale. (4-2-12)

   

JAMES C. KING

 

Bison Baseball 1980-84; Inducted 1991

 

Jim King was a shortstop for the Bison from 1980-84. He was the first overall pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982 but turned down the opportunity to remain at OBU. In 1984 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. From Colorado Springs, King hit .385 for his career, leading the Bison in batting average in 1981, 1982, and 1984. He batted .424 in 1981 and .408 in 1982. He ranks third in career hits, 205; ninth in career at bats, 533; sixth in career runs scored, 158; first in career runs batted in, 177; second in career doubles, 45; and second in career homeruns, 38. He was an All District 9 selection in 1981 and 1982. King is now a missionary with Friendship Sports International. (4-2-12)

   

EDWARD LEDBETTER

 

Bison Track 1948-52; Inducted 1987

 

Ed Ledbetter of Tulsa was a member of mile relay teams which finished first at the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference meet in 1949, 1951, and 1952 and which won first-place at the Texas Relays in 1950 and Kansas Relays in 1952. He was on the 1952 mile-relay team which finished second at the Drake Relays, establishing a new school record time (3:15.9). He also was on the 1949 and 1950 mile-relay teams which finished second each year at the Kansas Relays and fourth and second, respectively, at Drake. At the conference meets in 1951 and 1952, Ledbetter won the 220-yard and 440-yard dashes. Ledbetter had a personal best time in the 220 of 21.5 on a straight away. He was captain of the 1952 track team. Ledbetter worked for several oil companies and lives in Houston, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

JUDEX LEFOU

 

Bison Track 1989-91, 1992-93; Inducted 1997

 

Judex Lefou, a four-time national champion and a nine-time All American, was an important member of OBU's 1990 outdoor national championship team. He won the 400 hurdles in 51.6 in 1990 as the Bison captured their first team title. His other national victories were the 55 hurdles in 7:52 in 1990 indoor nationals and the 110 hurdles in 14.10 and the 400 hurdles in 50.60 in the 1991 outdoor championship. He received a total of four indoor and five outdoor NAIA All America awards. At the Drake Relays, his 4x400 relay team finished second. In 1991 he was a member of 4x100 and 1600 sprint medley teams which each finished second. Lefou, a native of Mauritius, represented his country in the 1988 in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Seoul. He captured championships in the Mauritius national meet in the 110 hurdles in 1985, 1990-1993, and 1996-98 and in the 400 hurdles in 1990 and 1992. He now lives in Mauritius. (4-2-12)

   

JERRY M. LESTER

 

Bison Basketball 1956-59; Inducted 2007

 

Jerry "The Beast" Lester, a 6-6 center from Delaware, Oklahoma, transferred to OBU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. He was the leading scorer and rebounder on the 1958 team which won the school's first-ever NAIA District 9 championship and earned the first trip for the Bison to Kansas City to the NAIA National Tournament. Lester led the Bison in scoring for his three seasons with game averages of 15.5, 18.0, and 15.4 points, respectively. He averaged 11.2 rebounds in 1958 and 11.1 in 1959. (Rebound statistics are not available for 1957.) His 1,353 career points are good for thirteenth place in the OBU record book. His career scoring average was 16.3. He was first-team All Oklahoma Collegiate Conference in 1958 and 1959 and is a member of OBU's 40-Point Club as he scored 41 against Phillips University in 1959. After graduation, Lester played professionally with a team that toured as opponents for the Harlem Globetrotters. He lives at Bartlett, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

BOB LIKENS

 

Bison Basketball 1947-51; Inducted 1971

 

Bob Likens, a 6-3 forward from Dale, Oklahoma, was OBU's first NAIA All America selection. He started all four seasons and led his team in scoring for four seasons with averages of 11.9, 12.0, 13.0, and 16.4, respectively. His 1,513 career points stood as school record until 1966, and today it ranks as sixth in total career points. Likens was a second-team All Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference pick in 1948 and a first-team OCAC choice in 1949, 1950, and 1951. He was named to the Oklahoma AAU All Tournament team in 1948 and 1949 and received the Most Valuable Player award in 1949 as the Bison won the state tournament and advanced to the national AAU meet. In 1951 he was selected as a third-team NAIA All American. After graduation, Likens was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Company where he played for the Phillips 66ers, a nationally-prominent AAU team. Likens worked for Phillips until his retirement. He died in 2011. (4-2-12)

   

ROBERT B. (R.B.) LYNAM

 

Bison Basketball 1962-66; Bison Baseball 1963-65

 

R.B. Lynam, a Shawnee High School star, played on OBU teams which won 81 games and lost 31. He was a member of squads which won three conference titles, captured three NAIA District 9 titles, and earned three trips to the NAIA National Tournament (1963, 1965, 1966). The 1965 squad finished as national runner-up and the 1966 team won OBU's first national championship. An 6-1 forward, Lynam scored 1,450 career points, which now ranks ninth in the OBU record book, and he averaged 12.3 with season averages of 6.2, 14.6, 15.4, and 12.4, respectively. He was a career 55 percent field goal and 72.3 percent free throw shooter. He averaged 5.4 rebounds per game. He made the all conference second team and the All NAIA National Tournament second team in 1965. In 1966 he was captain of the national championship team, scored 99 points in the five-game national tournament, was a first-team all tournament selection, and won the tournament's coveted Charles Stevenson Hustle Award. Lynam was an NAIA honorable mention All America selection in 1965 and 1966. He was drafted by Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and he played seven games with the Denver Rockets of the ABA. Lynam also played three seasons of baseball for OBU. After graduation, he coached and taught and then entered private business. He later returned to teaching and now lives in Texas. (4-2-12)

   

BOBBIE MAHAN-AYERS

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1987-1991; Inducted, 1996

 

The leading scorer in Lady Bison basketball history, Bobby Mahan Ayers, a 6-0 post from Stigler, Oklahoma, has numerous entries in the OBU record book: first in career points (2,341); first in career free throws made (611); first in career free throws attempted (837); first in season field goal percentage (63.2 on 237 of 375 attempts in 1988); first in most free throw attempts in a game (23); second in career field goals made (865); second in career field goal percentage (55.5); second in career rebounds (1,064); and second in career rebound average (8.5). In her four seasons, she averaged 18.8, 18.6, 18.7, and 18.8 points a game, respectively. Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1988, she was first-team all conference in 1988, 1989, and 1991 and second-team in 1990. Mahan -Ayers was first-team NAIA All District 9 in 1989 and second-team in 1990 and 1991. She is an elementary educator in Stigler. (4-2-12)

   

CLAY MARTIN

 

Bison Basketball 1995-99; Inducted 2011

 

A 6-4 point guard, Clay Martin of Tulsa was a four-year starter for the Bison and his teams reached the NAIA National Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 1996, the championship game in 1997, and the Elite Eight in 1999. He scored 1,126 points in 122 games. Martin's career averages are 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.2 steals. He holds career records for most assists (899) and most steals (265). Martin was picked for All Sooner Athletic Conference honors in 1996 (second team), 1997 (third team), 1998 (second team), and 1999 (first team and Defensive Most Valuable Player). He made the SAC All Tournament team in 1996. He received honorable mention NAIA All America honors in 1998 and was a third-team All America selection in 1999. Head boys basketball coach at Jenks High School since 2003, Martin also is an assistant principal. He also is an NCAA Division I football official for Conference USA. (4-2-12)

   

DONALD H. MASTERS

 

Bison Basketball 1956-60; Bison Baseball 1956-60; Inducted 1983

 

A 6-0 guard from Norman, Don (Speedy) Masters scored 1,128 career points in four seasons for the basketball Bison, averaging 10.7 points a game. He was a career 77.5 percent free throw shooter. Masters played on OBU's 1958 NAIA District 9 championship team which earned the school's first opportunity to play in the NAIA National Tournament. He was the point guard and leading scorer (15.6 points per game) of the 1960 Bison team which won an undisputed conference championship and the district championship en route to a Sweet Sixteen finish in the national tournament. He averaged 15.6 points a game and was a 1960 first-team all conference selection. Masters also was a baseball infielder for four years, compiling a career batting average of .277. He hit .303 in 1958 and 1959, leading the team in batting average in 1958. After graduation, he was in private business. Now retired, he lives in Norman. (12-30-13)

   

GORDON MASTERS

 

Bison Basketball 1954-58; Bison Baseball 1954-58; Inducted 1986

 

Gordon Masters of Norman, played four years of basketball and baseball for the Bison. A 6-2 forward for the basketball team, Masters had a career scoring average of 7.6, scoring 6.1, 6.2, 7.8, and 9.8, respectively, in his four years. He was a key team member during the years that Coach Bob Bass was building the basketball program to compete for conference and district titles. Masters was part of the 1956 squad which won a share of the league championship, OBU's first ever, and part of the 1958 team which won OBU's first district title to make the trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. In baseball, Masters co-led the Bison in hitting with a .340 batting average in 1957. He led the Bison in runs batted in in his sophomore and senior seasons. He was president of the B Club and captain of the basketball team his junior and senior seasons. He was in private business in Norman, and served for a period as the city's mayor. He died in 1992. (4-2-12)

   

RALPH E. (SKIP) MASTERS II

 

Bison Basketball 1977-1981; Inducted 1994

 

A 6-4 guard from Oklahoma City's Northeast High School, Skip Masters launched his OBU basketball career by scoring 18.4 points a game as a freshman and went on to score 1,747 career points—the fourth highest total in the OBU record book. In his next three seasons, he averaged 10.9, 13.9, and 13.1 for a career 14.1 average. He also pulled down 638 rebounds over for seasons for a 5.1 average. He was a career 80.3 percent free throw shooter and he led his team in scoring in 1980 and 1981. He was first team All Texoma Conference in 1978; first team All Sooner Athletic Conference in 1980; and second-team All SAC in 1979 and 1981. Masters is fourth in career free throws made (507) and free throws attempted (631). (4-2-12)

   

FORD MASTIN

 

Bison and Lady Bison Track and Cross Country Coach, 1996 to present; Inducted 2009

 

A third-generation Bison, Ford Mastin has led his track teams to five national championships—the men's team in outdoor track in 2007 and the women's team in indoor track in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. In addition his Bison teams have placed second nationally three times in indoor track and his Lady Bison teams have placed second  nationally in outdoor track four times and indoor track once. Mastin's teams also have 14 third place, 8 fourth place, and 4 fifth place finishes. He has been named NAIA Coach of the Year six times—in men's outdoor track in 1998 and 2007 and in women's indoor track in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Mastin's teams have produced more than 300 All America awards. From Stillwater, Mastin was a four-year track letterman at OBU while a student. He was captain of the track team in 1976-77. Mastin coached track at Prague High School from 1982-96 before becoming OBU's head coach. (4-2-12)

   

ROBERT G. MASTIN

 

Bison Football 1923-27; Bison Track 1924-27; Bison Baseball 1922-23; Inducted 1983

 

Bob Mastin was a much-decorated player for the Bison football team, and perhaps he made his biggest mark as a defensive player in a game on the road against the University of Arkansas in 1925 when he intercepted three passes. OBU defeated the Razorbacks 6-0. From Wetumka, his recognitions included second-team guard 1924 All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Team; first-team 1925 All OIC center; 1925 Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World All Oklahoma Collegiate Team center; second-team 1926 All OIC center; first-team center 1926 Tulsa World All Oklahoma. He was team captain of the 1925 football team. Mastin also lettered in track in 1925, 1926, and 1927 and in baseball in 1923. He was a teacher and coach from 1927-42 and a research chemist from 1942-67. He died in 1983. (4-2-12)

   

R. GRANVILLE MAYS

 

Bison Basketball Scorekeeper and Statistician 1952-77; Inducted 1998

 

Robert Granville Mays of Prague, Oklahoma, attended OBU from 1946-50 following his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was a classmate of Robert E. (Bob) Bass, a Bison basketball and baseball star. Mays returned to OBU to teach English about the same time Bass returned to coach the basketball team. Bass talked Mays into driving one of the vehicles transporting the team to road games and also persuaded him to keep the scorebook. Mays began a 25-year affiliation with the basketball program, keeping the scorebook at home and road games for 15 years and at home for an additional 10. He was not just a keeper of the score; he also recorded for each player: field goals attempted and made; free throws attempted and made; rebounds (whether offensive or defensive); turnovers (and the type—traveling, errant pass, offensive foul, etc.); personal fouls; time outs (specific time taken); and completed a play-by-play at the bottom of the book which indicated the player scoring, type of shot, and time of the score. In the days before the home team was required to provide game statistics, Mays' scorebooks enabled OBU to have accurate stats for each game. Mays served as OBU's librarian from 1963-72 and then began a career as an elementary teacher. He died in 2000. (4-2-12)

   

LEONARD E. MCCOY

 

Bison Football 1931-35; Bison Track 1931-35; Inducted 1982

 

Leonard E. (Lefty) McCoy from Chandler, Oklahoma, was an outstanding football player and track athlete for four years on Bison Hill. From Shawnee, McCoy was a halfback and punter on football teams that were 21-14-1. He made the Daily Oklahoman's All Oklahoma Collegiate Team in 1934 and he received honorable mention on the Associated Press' 1934 Little All America team. McCoy was a member of track relay teams which won the 880 and mile at the Drake Relays in 1933. He was on the 1934 and 1935 relay teams which won the mile at the Kansas Relays and which finished third and second, respectively, at the Drake Relays. His individual events were the 200 and 440, and he was captain of the track team in 1934-35. After graduation, he was head track coach and assistant football coach at Enid High School from 1935-43. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 and then began a career with the St. Joseph Surgical Supply in Missouri. He worked with that firm from 1946-77, retiring as president. He died in 1987. (4-2-12)

   

PATRICK JOSEPH MCMAHON

 

Bison Cross Country 1965-68; Track 1965-68; Inducted 1976

 

Pat McMahon of County Clare, Ireland came to OBU as a distance runner and left OBU as a running legend. He is the only male OBU runner to win the NAIA National Cross Country Championship individual title, and he did it twice, 1965 and 1966, the latter in a record of 19:53.6 for the four mile event—a record which still stands. He finished fourth in the national cross country meet in 1967 and fourteenth in 1968. McMahon won four NAIA cross country All America awards. In outdoor track, McMahon placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the 1967 NAIA national championship meet and won that event in 1968 in a time of 9:26.7. He won outdoor All America recognition in 1967 and 1968. In 1966 he captured the 10,000 meter event at the Kansas Relays. In the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference meet, he won the mile and 2 mile runs in 1966; the 2 mile in 1967; and tied for first in the mile and won the 2 mile in 1968. Records he established while at OBU include a 9:02.0 in the 2 mile; 13:52.8 in the three mile; 19:11.0 in the four mile (cross country); 28:53.4 in the 10,000 meters; 29:00.6 in the 6 mile (cross country); 2:19:49.7 in the marathon; and 9:18.7 in the 3000 meter steeplechase. His OBU marathon time remains as a school record. McMahon ran the marathon for Ireland in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, finishing twelfth in 2:29:21. In the historic Boston Marathon, he finished third in 1970 in 2:14:53 and second in 1971 in 2:18:50, just five seconds behind the winner. McMahon is a teacher and lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. (4-2-12)

   

PRENTISS MOONEY

 

Bison Football 1923-25, Bison Basketball 1923-24; Inducted 1972

 

The last of the drop-kickers, Prentiss Mooney was one of OBU's top football players in the early days of Coach Victor C. Hurt's gridiron tenure. Mooney, a Shawnee native, was a unanimous coaches' selection for the 1924 All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Team. As the only unanimous choice, he was named honorary team captain. He was OBU's team captain for the 1924 season. Mooney became a legend with his drop-kicked field goals. For example, the Bison defeated Southeastern 6-0 in Durant behind two of his drop kicks, and, against Southwestern at Weatherford on Thanksgiving Day, he had a spectacular 50-yard drop kick field goal in an 8-0 victory. Mooney played basketball in the 1923-24 season, leading the team in scoring with a 4.9 average. He transferred from OBU to OU were he played football and then worked for Commercial Credit and the U.S. Merchant Marine Service. He was sports editor of the St. Joseph, Missouri, News Press from 1934-41, was a chief gunnery officer in the Navy in World War II, worked for the Missouri Division of Resources and Development, served as executive director of the American Motor Hotel Association, and ended his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He died in 1975. (4-2-12)

   

CARRIE MOSS

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1995-99; Inducted 2005

 

Carrie Moss, 5-6 point guard for four seasons, set high marks in setting up teammates for scoring opportunities and in taking the ball from her opponents. In career records, she ranks first in assists (879); first in assist average (6.7); first in steals (311); and first in steals average (2.4). From Tulsa, Moss could also score, totaling 1,218 points for a 9.2 career average, to go along with an average of 3.8 rebounds per game. She ranks fifteenth in total career points; second in career 3-point shooting percentage (41.5); and second in career free throw percentage (83.7). She shares a career record with three of her teammates in most games played in the national tournament—10. In season records, she ranks first, second, and third in assists with totals of 268, 245, and 236, respectively, and first, second, and third in assist average with 7.9, 7.7, and 6.6, respectively. She holds the record for most assists in a game, dishing out 16 in a 1999 clash with St. Gregory's University. The Lady Bison teams on which she played won 97 games and lost 39; reached the NAIA National Tournament all four seasons, compiling a 4-4 mark and finishing in the Elite Eight twice, 1996 and 1997. She was named to the Sooner Athletic Conference All Tournament team in 1996. In 1998 she was All SAC first team and Player of the Year; first-team NAIA All America; and first team Kodak NAIA All America. In 1999 she was a third-team All SAC player. She made the NAIA Academic All America list in 1998 and 1999. Moss is a physical therapist with Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. (4-2-12)

   

GERALD (CORKY) OGLESBY

 

Recruiter for OBU Athletics; Inducted 2010

 

Gerald (Corky) Oglesby came to OBU from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to run track. He contributed greatly to OBU athletics during the 1960s when he helped recruit a significant number of quality athletes for his alma mater. Best known among his recruits were the Tucker brothers from Dayton, Ohio—Al and Gerald—who launched an outstanding three-year run (1964-67) for the Bison basketball team. (Al Tucker would become the first and only OBU player selected in the first round of the NBA draft.) Oglesby also recruited Charles Stewart of College Station, Texas, who was point guard on OBU's 1966 national championship basketball team and who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals to play professional baseball. Other recruits included Bob Banfield (later a Bison basketball head coach) and Ralph Conrad, members of the 1966 basketball title team. Oglesby was head track coach at Texas Tech University from 1977-96 and now is on the staff of Tech's Red Raider Club. Tech's weight-training facility is named in Oglesby's honor. (4-2-12)

   

SOLOMON OKUNDAYE

 

Bison Track 1988-90; Inducted 1998

 

A native of Nigeria, Solomon Okundaye participated in the jumps, hurdles, and sprints. He won 11 NAIA All America Awards, earned one national outdoor championship in the triple jump, and holds two school records. Okundaye holds OBU records for the indoor triple jump, 50-1, and outdoor triple jump, 51-1.25, both set in 1990. He collected four indoor and seven outdoor All America awards and finished in first place in the triple jump in the 1989 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a jump of 50-10 and finished third in 1990. He was a member of OBU's 1990 national championship track team. His All America recognition was for the indoor triple jump and 60-meter hurdles and outdoor triple jump, 110-meter hurdles, and 400-meter relay. Okundaye lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico. (4-2-12)

   

CLIFFORD OZMUN

 

Bison Basketball 1952-56; Track 1952-53, 1954-55; Inducted 1978

 

Cliff Ozmun, a 6-5 forward from Harrah, Oklahoma, was one of Coach Bob Bass' early recruits. Ozmun helped Bass take significant steps up the basketball ladder as his teams improved each year: 1952-53, 4-10 in conference play for sixth place; 1953-54, 6-8 for fourth place; 1954-55, 9-5 for second place; and 1955-56, 10-4 for a first-place tie. He scored 1,329 career points and averaged 10.3, 8.9, 14.7, and 19.3, respectively. Rebounding records are not available for 1953 and 1954, but he averaged 14.2 boards in 1955 and 14.7 in 1956. He led the Bison in scoring and rebounding each of his last two seasons. Ozmun ranks sixteenth in career scoring; third in career free throws made (523); and fourth in career free throws attempted (631). (He was a career 71 percent free throw shooter.) Among OBU season records, he ranks first and third in rebound average, 14.7 and 14.2. Ozmun was a first-team All Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in 1955 and 1956. After graduating from OBU, he coached and taught at Noble (Oklahoma) High School and then was head basketball coach and instructor at Wayland Baptist University for six years. He moved to Illinois Central College in Peoria where he taught until retirement. (4-2-12)

   

JOHN W. PARRISH

 

Sports Information Director, Bison Athletic Association Administrator, Basketball Broadcaster 1964-present; Inducted 1989

 

John Parrish, who served as OBU's sports information during the 1960s and 1970s, was one of the founders of the Bison Athletic Association and served as its executive director and treasurer for many years. He broadcast OBU basketball in the 1970s, 1980s, and from 2001-to present. During his OBU career, Parrish taught journalism and held such administrative positions as director of public relations, alumni director, assistant vice president for development, vice president for institutional advancement, senior vice president for business and external affairs, and executive vice president. He also served as interim president in 2007-08. Parrish is the author of three books on OBU basketball: The Glory Years of Bison Basketball; OBU Hoops; and Finish. Parrish, who received an honorary doctorate from OBU in 2010, lives in Shawnee and continues to work on OBU sports history projects. (4-2-12)

   

JENEANE PENCE

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1979-83; Inducted 1990

 

From Joplin, Missouri, Jeneane Pence was a 5-9 forward who helped launch an early era of success in Lady Bison basketball. In her four years at OBU, the Lady Bison won 98 and lost 42, while playing very difficult schedules. Her teams won three Sooner Athletic Conference titles (1980, 1982, and 1983) and finished second in the league once (1981). Pence scored 2,092 career points, which ranks fourth in Lady Bison records. She averaged 15.0, 12.9, 18.5, and 13.7 points, respectively, for a career average of 15.1. Her rebound averages were 5.2, 5.2, 5.1, and 4.3, respectively, for a career 4.9 mark. Her other career marks for her include second in the number of games played in a Lady Bison uniform  (139); fourth in field goals made (816); third in field goals attempted (1,663); third in free throws made (460); and fourth in free throws attempted (599). Her season marks include ranking sixth in total points (666 in 1982); fifteenth in scoring average (18.5 in 1982); and fifth in field goals made (254 in 1982). Pence was a first-team SAC All Conference selection all four years, and in 1982 she was Most Valuable Player. In 1982 she was honorable mention NAIA All America and in 1983 she was a first-team All America selection. After graduation she coached at the college level and then moved to high school teaching. She also has worked as a collegiate and professional basketball referee. She lives in the Chicago area. (4-2-12)

   

DÈSIRÈ PIERRE-LOUIS

 

Bison Track 1996-1998; Inducted 2008

 

Born in Mauritius, Dèsirè Pierre-Louis was a four-time national champion and twelve-time All American. At the NAIA national indoor meet, he won the 600 meters in 1997 (1:18.25) and 1998, setting an NAIA record time of 1:17:92, and was a member of OBU's national champion 4x400 relay teams in 1997 (3:15.81) and 1998 (3:15.36). Pierre-Louis earned six NAIA All America awards in indoor track and six in outdoor track. In addition to setting OBU's record time in the 600 meters, he anchored the school-record-setting 4x400 relay team which recorded a time of 3:07.24. Pierre-Louis was a member of Mauritius' 4x400 relay team in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He captured the 400 and 800 meter titles at the Mauritius national track championships in 1991 and 1993. A resident of Tulsa, he is a banker. (4-2-12)

   

DARWIN R. RICHARDSON

 

Bison Football 1935-39; Bison Basketball 1935-37, 1938-39; Bison Track 1936-37; Inducted 1980

 

From Noble, Oklahoma, Darwin Richardson lettered in three sports at OBU, but it was in football that he received significant recognition. He was a first-team selection for the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and the All Oklahoma Collegiate (All State) all star teams in 1937 and 1938. Richardson, a triple threat—runner, passer, and punter, received first-team recognition as a halfback in 1937 and quarterback in 1938. He was the football team captain in 1938. Richardson played three years on the basketball team and was on the track team one year as a half-miler. After graduating from OBU, he became a teacher and coach: Konawa High School, 1939-40; Duncan High School, 1940-46; and Cameron College, 1947-51. His 1947 Cameron Aggies team played in the Little Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. In 1951 he became the "R" in R&S Sporting Goods in Lawton and continued in that work for 26 years. Richardson is deceased. (4-2-12)

   

WILLIE RIOS

 

Bison Track, 1966-70; Bison Cross Country, 1966-70; Inducted 1984

 

A cross country All American in the fall of 1966 when he finished tenth in the NAIA national meet,  Willie Rios of Lawton was also a track and field All American in the spring of 1967 when he finished second in the mile at the NAIA national outdoor meet. He won eight individual Oklahoma Collegiate Conference championships: mile run in 1967, 1968 (tie), 1969, and 1970; 880-yard run in 1968 and 1969; two-mile run 1969; and cross country in 1970. He set an OBU record of 4:07.5 in the mile run in 1968. Rios ran a 9:14.1 2-mile in 1967. He ran the 1500 meters for Puerto Rico in the 1968 Olympics. After graduating from OBU, Rios served in the U.S. Army. He earned a law degree and is now in the practice of law. (4-2-12)

   

NORRIS RUSSELL

 

Athletic Director 1988-2011; Bison Tennis Coach 1981-84; Inducted 2005

 

Norris Russell, a former Rice University football player, served as OBU's athletic director for 23 years. Under his administration OBU added men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and women's golf and brought back women's volleyball and women's track and cross country. He also led the study process which will result of the return of football in 2013. During his tenure, OBU more than doubled the number of student athletes on campus. Seven of OBU's eight national championships and nine of eleven national runner-up finishes have occurred during his tenure. Russell was the 2010 Sooner Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year. He also coached tennis during the 1981 through 1984 seasons, winning four conference titles and two district championships and advancing to the NAIA national meet in 1981 and 1984. Although he stepped down as athletic director in 2011, he remains on the OBU staff as director of the academic division of kinesiology and leisure studies. (4-2-12)

   

DAVID L. SALLEE

 

Bison Basketball 1971-73; Bison Basketball Assistant Coach 1976-78; Lady Bison Coach 1979-84; Athletic Director 1978-84; Inducted 1985

 

A 5-10 guard from Fort Smith, Arkansas, David Sallee came to OBU after two years at Crowder College. As OBU's point guard, Sallee quarterbacked the 1972 squad to a 19-9 record and a trip to the NAIA District 9 playoffs. In 1973, the Bison were 20-11, won the district championship, and reached the Elite Eight in the national tournament. Sallee scored 587 career points, averaging 10.5 per game. He shot 50.1 percent from the field and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. In 1972 he received the NAIA's Emil S. Liston Award for junior scholar athletes. After graduation, Sallee coached in high school for three seasons and then returned to OBU as assistant Bison coach. In 1978 he became OBU's athletic director and in 1979 women's basketball coach. He led the Lady Bison to a 120-52 record over the next five seasons, winning 19 or more games each year and capturing three Sooner Athletic Conference championships and finishing second in the league the other two years. His 1980, 1982, and 1983 teams were District 9 runners-up. Sallee was SAC Coach of the Year in 1980, 1982, and 1983. He was OBU's athletic director from 1978-84 and during this time he helped with the planning of the Noble Complex, opened in 1982. Sallee became OBU's vice president for enrollment management in 1985. He moved to a similar post at Luther College in Iowa and was named president of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, in 2000. (4-2-12)

   

FABIO SANT'ANNA

 

Bison Basketball 1990-1993; Inducted 2003

 

From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fabio Sant'Anna was the leading scorer on one of OBU's greatest teams—the 1972-73 Bison who compiled a 34-4 record; won the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 9-1 mark; captured the final NAIA District 9 playoff championship; finished the season ranked No. 1 by the NAIA; advanced to the national tournament with the No. 1 seed; and closed the year by bringing home the second-place trophy. A 6-7 forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sant'Anna averaged 20.0 points and 8.4 rebounds a game and was selected as first-team All SAC and Most Valuable Player; first-team All District 9; NAIA All Tournament team; first-team NAIA All American; and second team Basketball Times NAIA All America. He scored 1,555 points and pulled down 742 rebounds in his three-year OBU career for averages of 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. His season averages were 11.6, 14.3, and 20.0 points and 7.8, 6.2, and 8.4 rebounds, respectively. In OBU career totals, he ranks fifth in total points and fifth in field goals made (623). His season marks include eighth in total points (739) and eighth in field goals made (301). Sant'Anna played professional basketball in Brazil for a number of years and now is in business there. (4-2-12)

   

PETER SCHOUW

 

Bison Track 1988-92; Inducted 2002

 

A native of the Netherlands, Peter Schouw holds five current Bison distance records, and he won seven NAIA All America awards. He holds records in the indoor 3000 meters (8:27.86, 1989); indoor 5000 meters (14:35.49, 1990); outdoor 5000 meters (14:21.9, 1990); outdoor 10,000 meters (30:09.05, 1992); and 3000-meter steeplechase (9:01.6, 1990). Schouw received three All America awards in cross country (1989-91), one in indoor track (1990), and three in outdoor track (1990, 1992). He currently lives in Avon, Connecticut. (4-2-12)

   

CLEVEL SCOTT

 

Bison Basketball 1965-67; Bison Track 1965-67; Inducted in 2004

 

After earning junior college All America recognition in basketball at St. Gregory's College, Clevel Scott of Palestine, Texas, transferred to OBU in 1965 and was a starting guard on the 1966 national championship team and a starting forward and co-captain on the 1967 national runner-up squad. Scott averaged 6.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 1965-66 and 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 1966-67.  Also in 1967, he was a second-team all conference selection,  second-team NAIA All Tournament choice, and an  NAIA honorable mention All America pick. The two OBU teams on which he played won 51 and lost 14, and were conference co-champions, district champions, and national finalists. In track, he participated in the hurdles, long jump, and javelin He placed third in the conference meet in the javelin. After leaving OBU, Scott served in the U.S. Army, after which he worked in the retail shoe business and served as a bi-vocational minister in Houston, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

JADREA SEELEY

 

Lady Bison Basketball 2001-02 and 2003-04; Inducted 2009

 

Jadrea Seeley played high school basketball at Bethel, Oklahoma, and then played at the University of Oklahoma. She transferred to OBU in 2001, and in her first OBU season, she scored 798 points, averaging 24.2, and pulled down 230 rebounds, averaging 7.0. She was first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference and Player of the Year and was selected first team NAIA All America and first-team Kodak NAIA All America. She was NAIA and Kodak Player of the Year. A knee injury kept her out of action in 2002-03, but she returned in 2003-04 to score 694 points, averaging 19.8, and grab 253 rebounds, averaging 7.4. She was a first-team all conference and NAIA All America selection. Both of her Lady Bison teams reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NAIA National Tournament. Seeley scored 1,492 points in two seasons, ranking eighth in career scoring, and she has the second-highest career scoring average, 21.9. She holds the career field goal percentage record of 60.1 percent. Her 798 points and 24.2 scoring average in 2001-02 are both Lady Bison season records. She also holds first and second place in season field goals made with 350 in 2001-02 and 311 in 2003-04. Seeley is a teacher at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City. (4-2-12)

   

WILLIAM BOYD SHOEMAKER

 

Bison baseball 1955-59; Bison basketball 1958; Inducted 1984

 

Boyd Shoemaker of Seminole was OBU's baseball standard bearer during his four years on Bison Hill. As a pitcher he compiled a career record of 27-9. As a hitter, he compiled a career batting average of .354.  In the 1956 season, his pitching record was 9-1 and his batting average, .375; in 1957, 5-3 and .385; in 1958, 6-3 with an earned run average of 0.92 and batting average of .255; and 1959, 7-2 with an ERA of 1.65, and .417. He led his team all four years in pitching victories and ERA. The Bison won the East Half of the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference all four years, was conference runner-up three years, and co-champion one year. His 1958 ERA of 0.92 remains today as a school record. He ranks fourth in career wins (27), seventh in career innings pitched (262), and fifth in career strikeouts (253), even though the teams in the 1950s played significantly fewer games than teams in more recent years. Shoemaker taught and coached for several years before beginning a career with Shell Pipeline Company. He died in 1985. (4-2-12)

   

DAYNA K. SHULTZ-BLACK

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1982-86; Inducted 1992

 

Dayna K. Shultz Black, a 6-1 center/forward from Van Buren, Arkansas, has numerous entries in the Lady Bison record book. In career records, she ranks second in total points, 2,211; sixth in scoring average, 17.4; third in field goals made, 858; second in field goal attempts, 1,675; seventh in field goal percentage, 51.2; second in free throws made, 495; third in free throw attempts, 650; third in rebounds, 1,031; and fourth in rebound average, 8.1. In season records, she is second, sixth, and seventh in scoring average with 23.2, 19.3, and 19.1, respectively; fourth in field goals made, 260; fourth in free throws made, 177; third in free throw attempts, 236; fifth in free throw percentage, 81.8; and third in rebound average, 10.2. In game records, she ranks second in points in a game with 46 in 1986 against Oklahoma City University (16 of 25 field goals and 14 of 16 free throws) and second in rebounds with 20 against Phillips in 1986. Shultz-Black was a three-time first-team all conference selection and All District 9 selection. She was the conference most valuable player in 1984. She was a second-team NAIA All America and a second-team American Women's Sports Foundation All America in 1984. In 1985 she was an NAIA honorable mention All America and in 1986 she was a third-team NAIA All America. She lives in Greenwood, Arkansas. (4-2-12)

   

ED SKELTON

 

Bison Football 1932-36; Bison Basketball 1932-35; Inducted 1992

 

Ed Skelton of Meeker was team captain of two sports at OBU: basketball in 1934-35 and football in the fall of 1935. He was an All Big Four Conference first-team selection at end in 1932 and 1933. He was honorable mention on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate team in 1932 and made the second team in 1934. In basketball he averaged 4.3 points in 1934 and 4.1 points in 1935. Skelton played one season for the Cleveland Rams of the NFL and played two seasons for an independent football team. He was a combat infantryman in World War II and then taught and coached baseball in Shawnee from 1948-74. The Shawnee High School baseball park is named in his honor, Ed Skelton Field. A member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, he died in 1989. (4-2-12)

   

JOHN R. SMITH

 

Bison Track 1947-51; Inducted 1994

 

John R. Smith won the 100-yard dash (10.0) and 220-yard dash (22.2) in the 1950 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference Meet. He was captain of the 1950 track team. Smith was a member of the OBU mile-relay team which finished fourth at the Drake Relays in 1950. (4-2-12)

   

LEWIS E. SOLOMON

 

Bison Football 1916-18; Bison Basketball 1916-18; Bison Baseball 1916-18; Faculty Athletic Representative; Inducted 1977

 

Because Lewis E. Solomon competed in the university's very early days, no statistical information is available. He competed in football, basketball, and baseball for two years each and was captain of the 1917-18 basketball team. He left school in 1918 to serve in the military during World War I and then returned to OBU to earn his degree. From Reed, Oklahoma, Solomon served as an OBU staff member from 1924-1967. He taught education and was a long time dean of liberal arts at the school. He served 11 years as the school's faculty representative to the Big Four Conference and the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. He died in 1993. (4-2-12)

   

S. CHARLES STEWART

 

Bison Baseball 1963-66, Bison Basketball 1963-66, Bison Track 1963-65; Inducted 2002

 

A 5-9 basketball guard, centerfielder, and sprinter from College Station, Texas, Charlie Stewart was one of OBU's most versatile athletes. In his three baseball seasons, he hit for a career average of .397, ranking twelfth in the baseball record book. His .487 batting average in 1965 ranks second in the record book. In his other two seasons, he hit .357 and .349. An all conference selection in 1967, his OBU career was shortened by a year when he signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. In basketball, he was the starting point guard, averaging 7.7 points, on the 1966 NAIA national championship team. He was an all tournament selection at the prestigious Quincy College Holiday Tournament. The three seasons he played, Bison basketball compiled a record of 67-24. The 1965 team was national runner-up. When not playing baseball in 1964 and 1965, he ran track, participating in the 100 yard dash, long jump, and high jump. He ran a 9.7 100 and set a then school record 23-2.75 long jump. Stewart played minor league baseball, served in the U.S. Army, returned to baseball and then began a career as a programmer/analyst for the Arkansas Department of Information Systems. He lives in Little Rock. (4-2-12)

   

GLEN A. STONE

 

Bison Track, 1954-57; Inducted 1981

 

Glen A. Stone was inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame as a track athlete; a few years after his induction he became OBU's track and field coach, earning even more distinction in his contributions to the OBU athletic program. As an OBU athlete, Stone ran the 100- and 220-yard dashes and the 440- and 880-yard relays. In 1955 he was conference champion in the 100 with a time of 9.9 and the 220 with a time of 21.8. He repeated as league champion in 1956 with a 10.0 in the 100 and a 22.0 in the 220 and was a member of the winning 880 relay team in a time of 1:27.0, a school record at that time. He was the outstanding athlete of the 1956 conference meet with 15.5 points. While at OBU, he ran a wind-aided 9.6 in the 100 and a 21.2 in a straight-away 220. Stone was a very successful coach at Oklahoma's Eastern State College where his teams won 10 national championships and he won six coach of the year awards. Stone, a member of the NJCAA Track Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame, coached OBU's track and cross country programs from 1991-96. In the NAIA national indoor meet, his teams finished second in 1996, third in 1994, and fourth in 1993. In the outdoor meet, his teams placed third in 1994 and fifth in 1992. He selected as NAIA Coach of the Year in men's outdoor track in 1994. Stone is now retired and lives in McAlester. (4-2-12)

   

JAMES (SONNY) STRAW

 

Bison Tennis 1956-60; Inducted 1991

 

Sonny Straw of Oklahoma City was a key part of the most successful era of OBU tennis. The Bison captured the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference tennis championship each of Straw's four seasons at OBU—1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960. Straw was the second-rated player in the conference in 1957 and was the singles champion in 1958. He and teammate Jay Dalton, captured conference doubles titles in 1958, 1959, and 1960. In 1960, the Bison tennis team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, finishing tied for third place, OBU's highest finish ever in tennis. Straw served as vice president for community affairs of Avco Financial Services, Inc. He lives in Costa Mesa, California. (4-2-12)

   

DON SUMNER

 

Bison Basketball 1954-58; Bison Golf 1955-58; Inducted 1979

 

After graduating from Shawnee High School, Don Sumner became one of Bob Bass' early recruits and helped lead the Bison to the co-championship of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1957, the school's first league title, and to OBU's first NAIA District 9 championship and first trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 1958. A 5-11 guard noted for driving to the basket, Sumner established a remarkable OBU free-throw record in the 1956-57 season, hitting 236 of 262 attempts—90.1 percent. For his four-year career he hit 555 of 668 charities—83.1percent. He scored 1,343 points and averaged 12.9 points in his career. In 1957, he scored 478 points, a season record at that time, and averaged 16.4 points. Sumner was a first-team all conference selection in 1957 and a second-team pick in 1958. He also was a member of the OBU golf team for three seasons. Sumner coached and taught science at Shawnee High School from 1958-61 and then became head basketball coach at St. Gregory's University from 1961-1995, compiling a record of 621 wins and 464 losses. In 1971, he was named the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region II Coach of the Year. While coaching at SGU, he taught biology, zoology, and nutrition. He was SGU athletic director from 1970-1996 and from 2006-2012. He became athletic director emeritus in 2012 and lives in Shawnee. (4-2-12)

   

KELLY TAYLOR-LEWIS

 

Lady Bison Basketball 1980-84; Inducted 1993

 

A 5-3 guard from Dale, Oklahoma, Kelly Taylor Lewis was the point guard and sparkplug for four Lady Bison teams which a total of 101 games, while losing 39. She was first-team All Sooner Athletic Conference and Newcomer of the Year in 1981 and was a SAC first-team selection again in 1984. Lewis scored 807 career points, averaging 5.8 per game. Her major contribution to the team was running the offense and she ranks third in career assists with 618; third in career assists average, 4.4; and sixth and seventh in most assists in a season, 173 in 1982 and 167 in 1983. She is the career leader in games played for the Lady Bison, 140. Lewis is a middle school mathematics teacher at Bethel. (4-2-12)

   

JAMES P. THOMAS

 

Bison Football 1939-41; Inducted 1993

 

James P. (Hippo) Thomas from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, was a tackle on the 1938, 1939, and 1940 football teams which won 23, lost 7, and tied 1. The 1938 team finished second in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and the 1940 team won the OCAC championship. Thomas worked for Shell Oil Company for more than 33 years before retiring in 1982. He died in 1995 in Houston, Texas. (4-2-12)

   

BRUCE THROCKMORTON

 

Bison Baseball 1987-89; Inducted 1999

 

On of the pitching aces of the Bison team which reached the 1989 NAIA World Series, Bruce Throckmorton of Asher, Oklahoma, compiled a 23-11 record. With just two seasons at Bison Hill, Throckmorton ranks ninth in the number of career innings pitched (238), eighth in the number of career pitching wins (23), and eighth in the number of career strikeouts (210). He led the Bison in wins in 1988 (10) and in earned run average in 1988 and 1989. In season records, he ranks first in complete games (15); most innings pitched (132); and most strikeouts (114). He is tied for second in most wins in a season with 13. He was an NAIA All District 9 selection in 1988 and 1989 and honorable mention NAIA All America in 1989. Throckmorton was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. He has coached and served as a public school administrator. (4-2-12)

   

VIRGIL TILLINGHAST

 

Bison Football 1925-29; Bison Basketball 1925-29; Bison Track 1925-29; Inducted 1972

 

El Reno's Virgil Tillinghast earned twelve letters in three sports during his years on Bison Hill. In 1927 and 1928, he was selected as an end on the All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference first team and on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate Team. He also was a punter and was  captain of the 1928 football team. In basketball he played center and he averaged 1.5, 2.2, 5.5, and 5.4, respectively, during his four years. In track, he participated in field events—shot, discuss, and javelin. His discus throw of 147-7.5 stood as an OBU record for more than 50 years. Tillinghast taught and coached at high schools from 1929-1942. He served as recreation director at the Southwestern Federal Reformatory from 1942-65. He died in 1965. (4-2-12)

   

DOUG TOLIN

 

Bison Basketball Coach 2000-present; Inducted 2011

 

Hired in 2000 to head the men's basketball program, Tolin took his teams to the NAIA National Tournament each of his first 12 seasons. His teams won a national title in 2010, captured second place in 2002 and 2012, and finished third in 2006. His Bison finished in the Elite Eight four other years (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008) and in the Sweet Sixteen three years (2005, 2007, 2009). During his first 12 years, Tolin's teams won 338 games, losing 85, for a 79.9 percent winning rate. His teams won Sooner Athletic Conference regular season championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and SAC Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005. He was SAC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2010, and 2012 and NAIA Men's Division I Coach of the Year in 2010. Six of Tolin's teams have won 30 or more games. He has coached 10 All-NAIA National Tournament picks, including one most valuable player and two players who have led the tournament in scoring. He has had 10 first-team All America selections, including three national players of the year; two second-team All America picks; seven honorable mention All Americas; and 12 Academic All America choices. A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Tolin also is a member of the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the East Central University Athletic Hall of Fame. (4-2-12)

   

ALBERT A. TUCKER JR.

 

Bison Basketball 1964-67; Bison Track 1965-66; Inducted 1971

 

A three-time All America selection and a first-round selection in the NBA draft, Al Tucker re-wrote the OBU basketball record book as he led the Bison to three consecutive NAIA National Tournament title games. After transferring to OBU after one year at Knoxville College in Tennessee, Tucker, as a sophomore in 1965, averaged 25.9 points and 14.6 rebounds, leading OBU to a conference championship, district title, and second-place finish in the national tournament. In 1966, he averaged 29.2 points and 10.2 rebounds as OBU won conference and district titles enroute to a national championship, where Tucker was named most valuable player. In 1967, he averaged 31.1 points and 14.0 rebounds, leading the Bison to conference and district titles and another national runner-up trophy. Despite the loss in the title game, Tucker was named the tournament's MVP. He led the national tournament in scoring all three years, compiling 471 points in 15 tourney games for a 31.4 scoring average, records which stood for five years. Tucker still ranks as the tournament's second-leading career scorer. In 1967, he was the sixth player taken in the NBA draft. He made the 1968 NBA All Rookie team with the Seattle Supersonics. He played five years of pro basketball with the Sonics, Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Bullets, and Floridians. Tucker set 22 OBU offensive records, 20 of which still stand. His career records are: most points, 2,788; highest scoring average, 28.7; field goals made, 1,030; field goals attempted, 1,952; free throws made, 728; free throws attempted, 1,019; rebounds, 1,252; and rebound average, 12.9. His season records include total points, 996; scoring average, 31.1; free throws made, 266; free throws attempted, 365; and rebounds, 467. His game records include points, 50 (shared); field goals made, 27 (shared); field goals attempted, 42; free throws, 22; free throws made, 29; and rebounds, 29. He was a three-time NAIA All America selection, a two-time Chuck Taylor Converse All America pick, and one-time Associated Press and United Press International All America choices. He was a three-time first-team NAIA All Tournament selection, and he played for the U.S. team in the 1967 World Basketball Championships. In addition to basketball, Tucker participated in track and field and for a number of years held OBU's record for the triple jump, 47-9.5. Tucker died in 2001 in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 58. (4-2-12)

   

WILLIAM CHESTER VAUGHN

 

Bison Football 1924-28; Inducted 1970

 

William Chester Vaughn was a highly-decorated Bison football player, earning all conference honors four times and gaining all state recognition four times. He was All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference second-team tackle in 1925, first-team guard in 1926, and first-team tackle in 1927 and 1928. He was a first-team selection on the Tulsa World's All Oklahoma Collegiate Team from 1925-28. He was the team captain in 1927. His four OBU teams compiled a record of 28-6-3. At home the Bison were 15-0-1. Vaughn coached 10 years in high school winning 94 of 101 games. He retired as dean of Phoenix Union High School in Arizona. He died in 1989. (4-2-12)

   

HARRY E. (GENE) WALLACE

 

Bison Baseball Coach 1966-75, 1979-84; Bison Basketball Coach 1970-78; Lady Bison Basketball Coach 1987-89; Inducted 1990

 

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Gene Wallace found his way to Shawnee as a member of the Dodgers' minor league baseball system. He played in the minors for a decade but returned to Shawnee to attend OBU in the off-season. In 1960 he started working as assistant basketball coach, a position he held for nine seasons (204-91 during that stretch). In the fall of 1965 he joined the OBU staff fulltime and added the position of head baseball coach. He led the baseball Bison to a conference championship and to the NAIA regional playoffs in his first season. He coached baseball from 1966-75, took a three-year break, and coached from 1979-84, compiling an overall baseball record of 303-257 and winning five Oklahoma Collegiate Conference East-Half titles and one league championship. As head coach of the Bison basketball team from 1970-78, he compiled a record of 129-114. His teams reached the NAIA district playoffs seven times, won the district championship in 1973, and reached the Elite Eight of the NAIA National Tournament that year. He retired from coaching in 1984 but was asked to serve on an interim basis as coach of the Lady Bison basketball squad for two seasons. His teams were 37-27 in those two years. Altogether, Wallace's OBU head coaching record was 469-398. He taught physical education at OBU until his retirement in 1998. He lives in Shawnee. (4-2-12)

   

VICTOR L. WALLACE

 

Bison Football 1927-31, Bison Basketball 1927-31, Bison Track 1927-31; Inducted 1975

 

Vic Wallace played halfback on the football team, was a forward and center on the basketball team, and participated in shot and discus in track. Wallace, from Ringling, Oklahoma, was an All Big Four Conference second-team halfback in 1929. He played four years of basketball and was team captain in 1930-31. On the track team, he won first in the shot and discus in the 1929 Big Four Conference meet and was co-captain of the track team in 1929-30. From 1931-34 he coached at Maud, Mangum, and Earlsboro. He worked for Shell Oil Company from 1934-41 and then began working for Pittsburgh Screw and Bolt Corporation. He retired from Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation in 1974. Wallace died in 1998. (4-2-12)

   

CARL M. WHITE

 

Bison Football 1922-25; Bison Basketball 1922-25; and Bison Track 1922-25; Inducted 1980

 

Carl White played football, basketball, and baseball for three seasons each. He was selected at guard for the 1923 All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference football second team. That year he was picked by his teammates as "the man who meant most, all the way round, to the team." In the spring 1925, White set a state meet record of 11-3 in the pole vault. After graduating from OBU, White earned a doctorate at Cornell University. He was director of libraries at Fisk University, the University of Illinois, and Columbia University.  He later worked for the Ford Foundation in overseas library development. White, who is deceased, also was the recipient of an OBU Alumni Achievement Award. (4-2-12)

   

S.M. (BUDDY) WILCOXSON

 

Bison Football 1921-25; Bison Basketball 1921-25; Bison Track 1921-25; Bison Baseball 1922-23; Inducted 1973

 

S.M. (Buddy) Wilcoxson of Purcell, Oklahoma, participated in fours sports, earning 14 letters. He was basketball team captain in 1923-24 and 1924-25 and was a second-team All Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference guard in 1925. He played end and running back on the football team and ran the low hurdles and half mile in track. He was the football team captain in 1923. He coached and taught at Shawnee High School from 1925-37 and was football co-coach at OBU in 1935-36 and head basketball coach from 1935-37. He returned to the Shawnee School System and was principal of Irving School before moving to the Bethel School System where he was superintendent from 1949-68. He also served on the Oklahoma Highway Commission. Wilcoxson died in 1988. (4-2-12)

   

FRED H. WILLHOITE

 

Bison Basketball 1931-34; Bison Football 1931-34; Inducted 1975

 

Fred H. Willhoite was a center on the OBU football team in 1931, 1932, and 1933, a period in which the Bison were 14-12-1. He played three years of basketball as a forward, averaging 3.8, 7.8, and 9.8, respectively. He was an All Big Four basketball second-team selection in 1933. From Pond Creek, Oklahoma, he served as a pastor until 1942 when he entered the Army Air Force as a chaplain for 42 months during World War II. He returned to the pastorate until being recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He then served as a pastor in Oklahoma until his retirement. He died in 1999. (4-2-12)

   

RILEY WILLIAMSON

 

Bison Track 1926-30; Bison Football 1927-30; Inducted 1973

 

Riley (Ickey) Williamson from Shawnee was one of OBU's great sprinters. In 1930 he was selected to compete on the U.S. mile relay team in a meet with Great Brittain. Prior to that matchup, he won the junior 440-yard dash at the national AAU Meet in Chicago in a time of 48.3. In 1927 Williamson was the anchor man on the relay team which won the mile at the Texas, Oklahoma, and Drake Relays and the 880 at the Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, and Kansas Relays. In 1928, he was the anchor man on the undefeated 880 relay team which won at Texas, Rice, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Drake. That team had the best time in the U.S. college classification, 1:28.2. In 1929, he was anchor man on the relay team which won the 880 and mile at Texas and Southern Methodist University and won the mile at Kansas and Drake. In 1930, Williamson anchored the team which won the mile at Texas and the 880 at SMU, Drake, and Kansas. The 880-relay team set a school record of 1:27.0 which stood for many years. In 1932 he reached the tryout finals for the 1932 Olympic team. He was co-captain of the 1929 track team. A halfback on the football team for three seasons, he played on teams which were 16-5-4. A long-time Shawnee businessman, he died in 1975. (4-2-12)

   

GARY WILSON

 

Bison Track 1959-64; Cross Country 1961-63; Inducted 1977

 

Gary Wilson was a two-time NAIA national champion in the 880-yard run, 1963 and 1964, and was the national runner-up in that event in 1961. His winning time in 1963 was 1:51.4 and it was 1:49.9 in 1964. (In 1963, the runner-up in the national 880 was Wilson's teammate, Tom Bowden.) Wilson, a two-time NAIA All America selection, lettered in track in 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1964 and in cross country in 1961, 1962, and 1963. In the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference track meet he won the 880 and mile in 1961. He won the 880 and mile and was part of the winning mile-relay team in 1963. In 1964, he won the 880, mile, and 2-mile events. He was the outstanding athlete at the 1964 conference meet with 15 points. He was a member of the 2-mile relay team which won at the Drake Relays in 1964. Among his best times were 1:49.9 in the 880 (1964) and 4:19.7 in the mile (1964), and he was a member of 2-mile, sprint medley, and distance medley teams which held school records for a number of years. Dr. Wilson taught physical education and coached, including a long tenure at The Citadel. He lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. (4-2-12)

   

QUINN WOOLDRIDGE

 

Bison Basketball, 1994-1997, 1998-99; Inducted 2012        

 

Quinn Wooldridge, from McAlester, is the third-leading scorer in Bison basketball history, compiling 1,886 points over four seasons. His career point total trails only those of Albert A. Tucker and DuJuan Brown. During Wooldridge's four seasons, the Bison won 124 games and lost 24, a winning percentage of 83.8. The teams he played on won 74 and lost only 4 in OBU's Noble Complex, a home winning percentage of 94.9. During those years, the Bison won two regular-season Sooner Athletic Conference titles and finished as SAC runner-up the other two seasons. They also won two conference post-season tournament titles. Wooldridge was a second-team all conference selection in 1999 and an All SAC Tournament selection in 1997. He played in four NAIA National Basketball Tournaments. The 1997 team was national runner-up; the 1999 team reached the Elite 8; and the 1996 team reached the Sweet 16. Wooldridge holds four Bison 3-point shooting records: most 3-point field goals made in a season, 115; most 3-point field goals attempted in a season, 291; most career 3-point field goals made, 362; and most career 3-point field goals attempted, 941.Wooldridge has played more games in a Bison uniform than any other player. He played in 148 games—an average of 37 games per season. He also ranks fourth in career field goals attempted, 1,354. Wooldridge, head basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University, is married to Andy Holubova Wooldridge, a two-time All America basketball selection for the Lady Bison. They have two sons: Lukas and Michal. (11-3-12)